word quiz

“Have you heard the latest goodies from the grapevine?” Jane teased with a twinkle in her eye.

Young Woman with Hat and Grapes by Pierre van Hanselaere, 1820, via Wikimedia Commons

Sally shrugged.

Yolanda yawned.

But Nosy Nellie just had to know. She sidled up to Jane with her ears practically pleading. She couldn’t wait to gather the gossip and nosh on the natter …


Knowing what you now know about natter-noshing Nosy Nellie, you might refer to her as which of the following?

  1. A zymurgist
  2. A shadcan
  3. A quidnunc

Sufficiently stumped?

Well, while Nosy Nellie may, indeed, study fermentation in the processes of brewing and distillation (zymurgist) or perform matchmaking in the old Hebrew style (shadcan), the most apropos label for the lady in this situation would be “quidnunc,” someone who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a busybody.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Yep, I was sufficiently stumped! What a cool word because I bet very few people would know what it meant. For that matter, all three words were new to me!

  2. Rebecca Taylor says:

    My first guess was number 3. Yay!
    I love your word quizzes, thank you very much for doing them. 🙂

  3. Cindi says:

    Zymurgist, shadcan, quidnunc. Wouldn’t you know the correct answer is the one that is the most challenging for me to pronounce. I always wanted to speak another language. Since I’m having so much trouble with this one, I’m rethinking.

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that is to say,


the hills of ye-olde pastoral Palouse

were looking mighty lush and green …

Photo by Bala via Wikimedia Commons

Hear ye:

“Yestern” is an old English word that refers to yesterday.

“Yestreen,” on the other hand, is much more specific, meaning yesterday evening.


Or, should I say, yessireen?



  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I like those old English words and wonder why they have fallen from use. There is no doubt that the Palouse is one big green lush carpet these days. The view from that wall tent where the stove is must be breathtaking. All the more reason to have coffe there in the morning and take it all in!!

  2. Cindi says:

    That looks like the earth draped in velvet. Yessiree 🙂

  3. terry steinmetz says:

    This is lovely. I hope to someday see your lovely area!

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