Origin of Invented Words Quiz

About the history, origins, and definitions of the invented word quiz.


Quiz - Short test. The tale may be apocryphal, but it's said that Dublin theater manager James Daly (late 18th century) bet that he could invent and introduce a new meaningless word into the language almost overnight. He proceeded to pay Dublin urchins to chalk the word quiz on every wall in town. By morning all Dubliners had seen the word, and because no one knew what it meant, the meaningless "quiz" soon became the word for a test of knowledge.

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