Word Pop Quiz!

The theme this week is collectibles 
and antiques. Let's see how many 
you know. Good luck!

1. mint adj. - A: refurbished, B: prime, C: old, D: worn

2. patina (Pat 'n uh) n. - A: glitter, B: coat of paint,
C: glue, D: age-mellowed surface

3. cornice n. - A: top molding, B: handle, C: baseboard,
D: armrest

4. coherent adj. - A: slapdash, B: all one color,
C: consistent, D: temporarily suitable

5. filigree n. - A: rapid talk, B: fine ornamental work,
C: knick-knacks, D: think upholstery

6. sleeper n. - A: lantern, B: over-priced piece,
C: unexpected success, D: hesitant buyer

7. dovetail v. - A: to agitate, B: end abruptly, C: taper,
D; join

8. plinth n. - A: wine decanter, B: curtain rod, C: base,
D: clawed foot.

9. art deco adj. - relating to A: repainting, B: draperies,
C: wood, D: decorative style

10. escutcheon n. - A: doorknob, B: desk, C: shield, D: tool

11. artisan n. - A: historian, B: follower, C: storyteller,
D: craftsman

12. provenance n. - A: inspiration, B: luck, C: origin,
D: estimate

13. cabriole n. - A: bowl, B: apron, C: serving cart,
D: curved leg.

14. aesthetic adj. - A: out of balance, B: showing good
taste, C: old, D: vain

15. vendor n. - A: buyer, B: seller, C: agent, D: auctioneer

16. rococo (ro CO co) adj. - in a style marked by A: block
shapes, B; elaborate ornamentation, C: musical images,
D: circles

17. armoire n. A: footstool, B: low chair, C: waiting area,
D: wardrobe cabinet

18. veneer n. - A: drapery, B: surface layer, C: web,
D: cushion

19. finial n. - A: top ornament, B: nightstand, C: wall
bracket, D: champagne glass

20. period adj. - A: imitation, B: of a certain time,
C: finely executed, D: unconventional

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Professor Howdy said...

Here are the answers to this week's word power

1. mint - B: Prime; in perfect condition as when first made.
From Old English mynet. Via prehistoric Germanic from Latin
moneta "mint money."

2. patina - D: Age-mellowed surface; a pleasing surface
sheen on something that develops with age or frequent hand-
ling. Mid-18th century. Via Italian from Latin patena,
patina "shallow dish or pan."

3. cornice - A: A projecting horizontal molding along the
top of a wall or building. Mid-16th century. From French and
Italian, perhaps from the Latin stem cornic- "crow" (because
it resembles a crow's beak).

4. coherent - C: Logically or aesthetically consistent and
holding together as a harmonious or credible whole. From
Latin cohaerere, from haerere "to stick."

5. filigree - B: Delicate ornamental openwork made from thin
twisted wire in siver, gold, or another metal. Late 17th
century. An alteration of French filigrane "filigree" from
Italian filigrana, from Latin filum "thread" + granum "grain.

6. sleeper - C: Unexpected success; somebody or something
that is not immediately successful but becomes so after
awhile. Informal.

7. dovetail - D: To join neatly together or combine smoothly
and efficiently, or to fit or combine things in this way.

8. plinth - C: A supporting base beneath a column, pedestal,
or statue. Late 16th century. Via French from, ultimately,
Greek plinthos "tile, squared building stone."

9. art deco - D: A decorative style popular in the 1930s
that used geometrical designs and bold colors and outlines.
From French, shortening of Arts Decoratifs, literally
"decorative arts," from Exposition Internationale des Arts
Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925.

10. escutcheon - C: A shield, especially one used in herald-
ry to display a coat of arms. Via Anglo-Norman escuchon from,
ultimately, Latin scutum "shield."

11. artisan - D: Somebody who is skilled at a craft. Via
French from Italian artigiano, from, ultimately, Latin
artit-, the past participle stem of artire "to instruct in
the arts," from the stem art- "work of art, skill."

12. provenance - C: The place of origin of something. Late
18th century. Via French from Latin provenire "to arise,"
literally "to come forth," from venire "to come."

13. cabriole - D: A curving furniture leg tapering into a
decorative foot that is often carved to look like an animal's
paw, popular in the early 18th century. From French "leap,"
from cabrioler, a variant of caprioler "to caper."

14. aesthetic - B: Sensitive to or appreciative of art or
beauty. From Greek aisthetikos "perceptual," from aisthesthai
"to perceive."

15. vendor - B: Somebody who sells something. Early 17th
century. From Latin vendere, "to sell."

16. rococo - in a style marked by B: elaborate ornamentation,
popular throughout Europe in the early 18th century. From
French, a fancy alteration of rocaille.

17. armoire - D: A tall cupboard or wardrobe, often ornately
decorated. Late 16th century. Via French from, ultimately,
Latin armarium "chest," from arma "weapons, tools."

18. veneer - B: Surface layer; a thin layer of a material
fixed to the surface of another material that is of inferior
quality or less attractive. Early 18th century. Earlier
"fineering, faneering," from German Fournierung, "inlay,
veneer," from French fournir.

19. finial - A: A carved decoration at the top of a gable,
spire, or arched structure. Fifteenth century. Via assumed
Anglo-Norman or Anglo-Latin, literally "final," from,
ultimately, Latin finis "end."

20. period - B: Belonging to or intended to suggest a parti-
cular historical time. Via French from, ultimately, Greek
periodos, literally "way around," from hodos "way."

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