Chicago Style Workout 36: Word Usage, Part 7

Zipper carnival ride at night

Do carnival rides make you nauseous? . . . or nauseated?

This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 7,” once again centers on section 5.250 of CMOS 17. This time we’re focusing on words beginning with the letters n as in “nauseous” through p as in “proven.” We hope these questions help you to prove (and improve) your editorial acumen without giving you a stomachache.

As you take the quiz, keep in mind that we are looking for usage that would be considered correct even by the most demanding of sticklers (and see our disclaimer below).

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Chicago Style Workout 36: Word Usage, Part 7

1. nauseous; nauseated. Any carnival ride that lasts longer than ten minutes makes me _____.
2. nonplussed. When it comes to word usage, I’m known as somewhat of a guru; even the most frequently misused words leave me entirely nonplussed.
3. obtuse; abstruse. Ludwig Wittgenstein devoted a lot of attention to an _____ piece of mathematics known as the diagonal proof.
4. onto; on to; on. The gymnast held _____ the bars.
5. outside. She was standing outside the shop when it started to rain.
6. palette; palate; pallet. Our perpetually flooded basement mandated the use of _____ for storage.
7. peak; peek; pique. That article on semicolons _____ my interest; I just had to take a _____.
8. personally. The senator personally shook hands with her constituents.
9. peruse. Pressed for time, I barely had a chance to peruse the letter.
10. proved; proven. It was ____ to be true.


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