Everybody is talking about Brexit, but do you know what kind of word it is?
It's a portmanteau word - that is, it is made up of elements of two or more words. [Brexit is made up of British and exit, for instance, and refers to Britain's planned exit from the European Union.] These are different from compound nouns, which are made up of two or more complete words, for example, sitting room.
Can you say which words have been used to form the following portmanteau words? You'll find the answers at the end of the post:
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Parallel, Olympics [they are held at around the same time as, and are connected with, the Olympic Games]
biography, picture [a film biography]
political, bob [a hairstyle favoured by female politicians]
To mark the British monarch's 90th birthday this Thursday, here is a quiz about Queen Elizabeth II. You will find the answers at the end of the post.
1. Queen Elizabeth's given names are
Mary Elizabeth Charlotte
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Elizabeth Katherine Maria
2. The surname most commonly used by her family is
3. Her sister's name was:
4. The Queen was educated
at private school, then university
at a British state school
5. During World War II she trained as
an air traffic controller
a driver and mechanic
6. She was preceded as monarch by
King George VI
King Edward VIII
King George V
7. The heir to the throne is
8. How many children does the Queen have?
9. Her main official residence is
10. In her position as Queen, she has only three rights. What are they?
To be consulted by the Prime Minister, to encourage certain actions and to warn against others.
To order the Prime Minister to take certain actions, to refuse to sign certain Acts of Parliament and to declare war.
To express her opinion directly to the people and to Parliament and to draft Acts of Parliament.
The Queen's Coronation took place in which year?
12. She was crowned in
St Paul's Cathedral
13. In 2012 she celebrated her
14. During the 2012 Olympics Ceremony she became
a Bond girl
15. Why does the Queen have a "real" birthday [21st April] and an official birthday [in June]?
so that she can have more presents
because the British weather should be better in June
because there are more tourists in London in June
16. If you meet the Queen you should call her
"Your Royal Highness"
"Your Majesty" at first, then "Ma'am"
17. The Queen wears the Imperial State Crown
for all State occasions
for the State Opening of Parliament
18. The dogs the Queen likes best are
19. How many State visits abroad has the Queen undertaken in her reign?
20. Which of the following can the Queen NOT do?
express a political opinion in public
drive a car with no vehicle registration plate [number plate]
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1. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary 2. Senior members of the British Royal Family do not have to use a surname but "Mountbatten-Windsor" or "Windsor" are often used to refer to the family as a whole. Prince William and Prince Harry often use the surname "Wales" as their father, Prince Charles, is the Prince of Wales. 3. Margaret Rose 4. At home. 5. The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, trained as a driver and mechanic in the ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service]. 6. The Queen was preceded by her father, King George VI. 7. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales 8. The Queen has four children: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; Princess Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. 9. Buckingham Palace 10. The Queen's rights are to be consulted by the Prime Minister, to encourage certain actions and to warn against others. 11. 1953 12. Westminster Abbey 13. Diamond Jubilee [60 years as Queen]. 14. The Queen famously, and briefly, played the role of a Bond girl with the actor Daniel Craig at Buckingham Palace. She did not jump out of the plane, though! 15. This is becaue the British weather shoulod be better for parades and ceremonies in June. 16. You should call the Queen "Your Majesty" at first and then "Ma'am". 17. British monarchs wear the Imperial State Crown when leaving Wetminster Abbey after their Coronation and for the annual State Opening of Parliament. It's a very heavy crown! The monarch is crowned with St Edward's Crown at the Coronation. 18. Corgis 19. The Queenn has undertaken117 State visits abroad to date [two of these in her role as Queen of Canada]. 20. The Queen cannot express a political opinion in public or vote.
I hope you're all having a wonderful festive season!
Can you match these Christmas quotes [1 - 6] with their sources [a - f]? The answers are at the end of the quiz.
1. "Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." 2. "There are always Uncles at Christmas." 3. "I heard the bells on Christmas Day, Their old, familiar carols play." 4. "Where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow." 5. " 'One can never have enough socks,' said Dumbledore. 'Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.' " 6. " 'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug."
Little Women - 1933 film version
a. Irving Berlin: White Christmas [song]
b. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women [novel] c. Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales [fictionalised autobiography] d. J:K: Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [novel] e. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Christmas Bells [poem] f. Wonderful Life [film] Highlight the space below to see the answers: 1f, 2c, 3e, 4a, 5d, 6b.