Lexicon Valley: The etymology and history of the word quiz with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Did the Word Quiz Result From a Bet?

Did the Word Quiz Result From a Bet?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Feb. 9 2015 10:27 AM

Did the Word Quiz Result From a Bet?

Listen to Slate’s show about a supposed historical wager and the neologism it spawned, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 53: LinguaFile VIII

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word quiz with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on quiz (and quoz!), visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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