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Quiz No.3   A Mixed Bag of Language Use

Catch Phrases, Euphemisms, Modern Terminology & Aacronyms
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Words often stay in our minds – that’s what advertisers and politicians do.  For example, do you remember the following catch phrases:

- “You’ve never had it so good” (Which politician said that?)
- “Who loves you baby?” (Which bald detective used this, older people?)
- “A week is a long time in politics.” (Which other politician said that?)
- “Come up and see me some time.” (Which actress said that, you older people?)
- “Melts in your mouth and not in your hand.” (Which sweet did that refer to?)
-    “Hasta la vista, baby!”  (Which mega-macho individual used this one?)
- “Finger lickin’ good” (What food did that refer to?)
- “Put a tiger in your tank” (What company used that one?)
- “Supercallifragalisticexpialidocious!”  (And who was responsible for that!!!!)

I’m not sure if euphemisms came into our lives seriously or on the back of humour.
Euphemism? A gentler word or description substituted for what might be considered a distasteful word.
Here are some examples we’ve seen in the past decade. Say what they mean:

- “Ample proportions = ?
- “Between jobs” = ?
- “Visually challenged” = ?
- “Vertically challenged” = ?
- “Intellectually challenged” = ?
- “Physically challenged” = ?
- “Mentally challenged” = ?
- “Gone to a better place” = ?
- “Economically depressed neighbourhood” = ?
- “Adult entertainment” = ?
- “Chemical dependency” = ?

Can you say what each of the following modern terms mean?
Dongle
Kindle
Broadband
Twitter
Spam
Phishing
Worm
Blackberry
Blog
Podcast
Suduko
Dingbats
Chav
Extraordinary rendition


Now for something a bit harder. Can you say what these 20th and 21st century acronyms stand for?

NATO
AIDS
AWOL
CD-ROM
OPEC
SALT
SAM
UFO

Laser
Nimby
Quango
Radar
Scuba
Spam
Yuppie