Big News Words for 2022 Quiz: Top 22 Words of the Year 2022

Updated: Dec. 11, 2022.

Year-End Trivia Game: We compiled the top 22 words from our Friday news quiz weekly questions into a big fat Year-End trivia game. As 2022 draws to a close, we saw some extreme world changes and newsworthy new terms. The Words for 2022 Quiz explores such terms as the words of the year, “Gaslighting,” and “Goblin mode,” new vocabulary from NASA’s 2022 launches, and the WHO’s new term for the monkeypox pandemic of 2022.

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News Words of 2022 Quiz

Year-End Trivia: 22 new and renewed words and terms that popped up in the news stories and headlines of 2022. No time-limit. How smart are you today?

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1. What’s Gaslighting?

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2. Which word does Oxford Dictionaries define as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations”?

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3. The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as what?

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4. What’s Wordle?

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5. What’s Cyberflashing?

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6. What’s gender-confirming (or gender-affirming) care?

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7. What is ChatGPT?

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8. What Is Mastodon?

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9. What is a leap second?

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10. What’s NASA’s DART?

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11. In ancient Greek mythology, Artemis is what?

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12. What’s “status quo ante”?

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13. What are hypersonic missiles?

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14. What’s the common name for a completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart?

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15. What’s a “flue effect”?

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16. What does CERN stand for?

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17. What are LEO satellites?

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18. In computers: What’s an API?

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19. What’s alopecia?

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20. What’s aphasia?

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21. What’s spastic diplegia?

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22. What’s a Poutine?

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The Top 22 Words for 2022 Quiz Questions

Here’s the list of news words for 2022 quiz questions and multiple-choice answers. Feel free to use these questions and answers in your year-end trivia party.

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What's a "flue effect"?

Photo: Šarūnas Burdulis, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
It’s when gas changes its temperature when allowed to expand freely.
It’s when heated air rises in a shaft (or a chimney).
It’s when the frequency of a wave changes in a moving source.
It’s an auditory illusion where the listener incorrectly localizes a sound.

What’s Wordle?

A dictionary app.
A viral online wordplay game.
An anonymous messaging app.
A board game.

What’s a Poutine?

Photo: Yuri Long from Arlington, VA, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Minced pork, veal or beef, and potatoes meat pie.
Shredded raw cabbage with vinaigrette or mayonnaise dressing.
A sauce made of garlic, salt, olive oil, and often egg.
Potato fries, cheese curds, and gravy.

What’s Cyberflashing?

Screenshot: Cambridge Dictionary
Large-scale disruption of computer networks.
Creating a fake identity on social platforms.
Sending non-consensual explicit photos.
A deceptive message designed to trick a person into revealing sensitive information.

What are hypersonic missiles?

Screenshot: kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Missiles that launch from submarines.
Missiles that issue electronic commands.
Missiles that fly at about 800 kilometers per hour (500 mph).
Missiles that fly at least 5 times the speed of sound.

What’s alopecia?

Screenshot: 94th Academy Awards / ABC
A state of tiredness.
Skeletal muscle weakness.
Blood cell deficiency.
Hair loss.

What’s aphasia?

Photo: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
A language disorder.
A hearing disorder.
An inability to process sensory information.
A visual processing disorder.

What's "status quo ante"?

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The desired state of affairs.
The new state of affairs.
The existing state of affairs.
The previous state of affairs.

What's the common name for a completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart?

Photo: Alan Turing Statue by Colin Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Captcha.
reCAPTCHA.
Automatic Verification.
Bot scan.

What does CERN stand for?

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Commission for Environmental and Natural Research.
European Center for Nuclear Research.
Economic Capital Northern Research.
Central European Raving Nucleus.

What's spastic diplegia?

Screenshot: Beyoncé on YouTube
A chronic metabolic condition.
A chronic mental condition.
A dance move.
A chronic neuromuscular condition.

What are LEO satellites?

Image: Apple
Low-earth orbit satellites.
Long-earth orbit satellites.
Lunar emission oval satellites.
Low-energy operational satellites.

What's NASA's DART?

Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
An autonomous navigation system.
The Jupiter rover.
An asteroid-striking mission.
A space telescope.

In computers: What's an API?

Screenshot: 7NEWS - YouTube
Application-programming interface.
Accomplishment profiling independence.
Acting portal inline.
App-person interaction.

What's gender-confirming (or gender-affirming) care?

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Conversion “therapy.”
Men’s health care.
Women’s health care.
Transgender health care.

What Is Mastodon?

A Google search alternative.
A Netflix alternative.
A Methadone alternative.
A Twitter alternative.

In ancient Greek mythology, Artemis is what?

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The goddess of wisdom, warfare, and handicraft.
The goddess of love and lust.
The goddess of hunting, nature, and child care.
The queen of the underworld.

What is a leap second?

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It’s when shares rapidly rise and then fall.
It’s when the main course in a meal is served with drinks.
It’s a one-second adjustment occasionally applied to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
It’s when one eagerly accepts an opportunity only if offered twice.

What’s Gaslighting?

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Grossly misleading someone for one’s advantage.
Igniting intestinal gases.
Production of artificial light from gaseous fuels.
Intentionally circulating a false claim publicly.

The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as what?

Photo: NIAID, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Orthopox.
Mpox.
Poxy.
iPox.

Which word does Oxford Dictionaries define as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations”?

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The Great Resignation.
Gaslighting.
Goblin mode.
Tang ping.

What is ChatGPT?

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A chatbot that tells bad jokes.
A chatbot that uses the GPT-3 language model to generate responses.
A chatbot that only talks about gossip.
A chatbot that helps users plan their day.

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What’s the original meaning of the word 'Capitol'?

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One of the seven hills of Rome.
The Hellenic Parliament.
The most important city or town of a country or region.
Big.

What is sedition?

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The action of alluring someone.
The administering of a drug to produce a state of calm or sleep.
The crime of betraying one's country.
A conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state.

In British slang, what does the word Chav stand for?

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A tracksuit.
A hat.
Council housed and vain.
A slur meant at working class youngsters.

Where did the word Amazon originate?

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It derived from the Greek word for woman.
It derived from the Latin word for enemy.
It derived from the Persian word for warrior.
It derived from the Spanish word for fierce.

The word inauguration stems from the Latin augur. What did that mean originally?

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Examining patterns in wine.
Interpreting the will of the gods.
Precognition of the future.
Pouring aromatic oil over a person's head or entire body.

What does the word conservator mean (in English)?

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A political right-wing tendency.
A broker of cultural artifacts.
A professional preserving animal bodies.
A legal guardian or trustee.

When British PM Boris Johnson calls the Trump impeachment over the Capitol attack a 'kerfuffle,' what does he mean?

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A mistake.
A fuss.
An injustice.
Justice.

What’s Libor?

Leveraged International Official Rate.
London Interbank Offered Rate.
The Roman god of viticulture and wine, fertility and freedom.
A person born between Sep. 23 and Oct. 22.
A form of digital art.
A digital art piece with a unique sellable identity.
Neutrally Financed Tangible art.
Neural Funnel Tunnel art.

What are AirTags?

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Bluetooth headphones.
A file sharing app.
A personal location device.
An air purifying technique.

What is Oman?

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The capital of Jordan.
A city in Ukraine.
A Sultanate in the Arabian Peninsula.
A village in Iran.

What is a keffiyeh?

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A religious veil for Muslim women.
A traditional Arabian headdress.
A type of headwear based on cloth winding.
A wide-brim hat.

What is “Montjoie Saint Denis!”?

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The French Revolution motto.
The old Kingdom of France battle cry.
A French cry of surprise or happiness.
Napoleon’s motto.
Prejudice against individuals with darker skin among people of the same ethnic group.
A postmodern art movement.
The art of colorizing old films.
A transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces.

What is Blackfishing?

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Illegal whale fishing.
Luring someone with a fictional online persona.
Pretending to be of darker skin on social media.
Making exaggerated claims about emotional problems to get sympathy.

What do the British refer to as Freedom Day?

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The end of Covid-19 restrictions.
South African end of Apartheid.
It’s the British Independence Day.
The end of the British colonial era.

What's a "red tide"?

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A political wave towards left-wing governments in Latin America.
The period between high tide and low tide when the sea level falls.
The discoloration of the sea surface by harmful algal blooms.
A cocktail comprising vodka and pomegranate juice.

What’s the (modern) meaning of the word imbecilic?

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Very delusional.
Very deceitful.
Very drunk.
Very stupid.

What’s the meaning of the word Metaverse?

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The concept of parallel universes.
An analogy.
Multiple fictional stories that occur in the same environment.
Virtual meeting spaces.

What is allyship?

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The acts of a person who marginalizes certain social groups.
The role of a person who advocates for inclusion of a marginalized group.
A large watercraft carrying the flag of a friendly country.
The pleasure of eating donuts.

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