Posts Tagged ‘Wordsy Wednesday’

Wordsy Wednesday: Babies

April 28, 2010

I have babies on my mind. I just had a baby. A bunch of my friends just had babies, or are about to. My sister is about to have a baby. So it’s only fitting that today’s Wordsy Wednesday is about babies.

Baby animals, anyway. It’s kind of fun how baby animals are called something unique from their parents, don’t you think? Since there are so many commonly known ones, I really had to dig deep to find you guys some challenges for the “hard” category (evil laughter.) I gave you the animal, so you have to tell me what the baby is called. Example: Dog=pup.

Here we go:


  1. Pig
  2. Duck
  3. Bear
  4. Sheep
  5. Goat
  6. Cat
  7. Deer
  8. Lion


  1. Swan
  2. Alligator
  3. Goose
  4. Buffalo
  5. Kangaroo
  6. Frog
  7. Monkey
  8. Guinea pig


  1. Oyster
  2. Cockroach
  3. Jellyfish
  4. Ferret
  5. Hawk
  6. Llama
  7. Eel
  8. Turkey

Ready for the answers?


  1. Pig=piglet
  2. Duck=duckling
  3. Bear=cub
  4. Sheep=lamb
  5. Goat=kid
  6. Cat=kitten
  7. Deer=fawn
  8. Lion=cub


  1. Swan=cygnet
  2. Alligator=hatchling
  3. Goose=gosling
  4. Buffalo=calf
  5. Kangaroo=joey
  6. Frog=tadpole (or polliwog, I guess)
  7. Monkey=infant
  8. Guinea pig=pup


  1. Oyster=spat
  2. Cockroach=nymph
  3. Jellyfish=ephyna
  4. Ferret=kit
  5. Hawk=eyas
  6. Llama=cria
  7. Eel=elver
  8. Turkey=poult

How’d you do? I hope that provided some brain-stretching for you today. (Although if this is finals week for you, you probably didn’t need it. Sorry.)

Happy Wednesday!


Wordsy Wednesday: Textile Patterns

April 21, 2010

For some reason, I picked up an interest in textile patterns a while back. I just find joy in knowing the proper name for a commonly seen print. Today, let’s see how many of them you know. Just look at the picture and guess the name of the pattern.


Answer: Pinstripe

OK, Go!











OK, here are the answers:

1. Madras

2. Fleur de Lis

3. Tartan

4. Madison

5. Paisley

6. Herringbone

7. Houndstooth

8. Terrace Stripe

9. Argyle

10. Gingham

How did you do?

Wordsy Wednesday: Collateral Adjectives

April 15, 2010

Today is not Wednesday, but I meant to post this yesterday. I swear.

As a nerd of sorts, one of my hobbies is collecting lists of words. Some of my favorite words to collect are collateral adjectives, which are adjectives that mean “of or relating to” a noun but usually with a different root than the noun. For example, canine for dog, solar for the sun, and cardiac for the heart.

Just for fun and in case you wanted to give your brain a little more of a workout today, I’ve created a mini quiz for you to take. Just read through the collateral adjectives listed and see how many of the corresponding nouns you know.

I think it’s a fun idea. Don’t you?

Easy (these are commonly recognized and used.)

  1. feline
  2. lunar
  3. dental
  4. cerebral
  5. paternal
  6. acoustic
  7. equine

Medium (you probably know most of these if you are pretty well read or have studied Latin or something.)

  1. crepuscular
  2. ursine
  3. apian
  4. labial
  5. sacerdotal
  6. vespertine
  7. nuptial

Hard (you might know these if you’re a word nerd and have a knack for remembering fun words.)

  1. avuncular
  2. pluvial
  3. vexillary
  4. murine
  5. pavonine
  6. littoral
  7. lacrimal

(This picture is a clue for one of the above collateral adjectives.)

OK, now here are the answers:


  1. feline=cat
  2. lunar=moon
  3. dental=teeth
  4. cerebral=brain
  5. paternal=father
  6. acoustic=sound
  7. equine=horse


  1. crepuscular=twilight
  2. ursine=bear
  3. apian=bee
  4. labial=lips
  5. sacerdotal=priest
  6. vespertine=evening
  7. nuptial=marriage or wedding


  1. avuncular=uncle
  2. pluvial=rain
  3. vexillary=flag
  4. murine=mouse or rat
  5. pavonine=peacock
  6. littoral=shore
  7. lacrimal=tears

See, that was fun, wasn’t it? Let me know how you did!

Look forward to more Wordsy Wednesdays in the future!