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Good writers make good trivia players: It’s in the research


I think it’s probably a truism that good writers make good trivia players.

If nothing else, the reading and research most writers do of necessity gives them a wide knowledge of a wide range of subjects.

Of course, generally speaking, generalizations are never a good idea. (That’s sort of a joke.) But in my case, and as with every writer I know, years of writing and reading has made me pretty good at “Jeopardy” and the few trivia games I play. (In fact, I rarely play trivia games. I rarely play any games. Just not a game person.)

As a recent example, I was working on something that led me to the term terry romper, which I immediately suspected had something to do with infants’ toys or infants’ sleepers. When I researched the term, I discovered it goes beyond infant clothing and is a perfectly acceptable term for adult clothing. Other odd, or even downright “weird” words I ran onto in the same research are:

assumpsit — Sounds almost “dirty” or “naughty,” doesn’t it? It’s actually a legal term related to breach of contract matters.

wenis — Term for the rough patch of skin often found on the outside of the human elbow.

Those are just two of some weird words that might be useful when you do your next trivia game. Let me give credit where it is due: Those two weird words and some others you can have great fun with came from a website I stumbled onto and have bookmarked on my computer. Take a look for yourself at “Naughty-Sounding Word for Odd Occasions” and enjoy.