Lines Lyrics Language & Lore


I hope readers of all ages will enjoy my trivia column, Lines Lyrics Language & Lore! The column consists of six questions: one “line” question from a speech, poem, book, etc.; one “lyrics” question about song trivia; two “language” or vocabulary questions; and two “lore” questions about a variety of trivia topics including history, sports, literature, science, inventions, politics, movies, TV, celebrities, current events, pop culture, and more! I am a retired social studies teacher and used trivia games as test reviews in my classroom. My students loved it! I found they especially enjoyed their reviews when I also included questions about things that interested them such as sports, music, etc. From this experience and from talking to readers, I found out exactly what people like to see in Lines Lyrics Language & Lore! I would love to hear your feedback by writing me at [email protected]. Enjoy.

1: Define parlay (pahr’-ley).

A: parlay-n. a bet of an original sum and the subsequent winnings; v. to bet the original amount and its winnings to gain more; to use one’s money, talent, or charm to gain great advantage; example-He was able to parlay his earning into a fortune.

2: What are the three largest cities in Texas?

A: The largest cities in Texas are: Houston (over 2 million); San Antonia (approximately 1 ½ million); Dallas (over 1 million)

3: “ ____ ____ ____ Deep” was a huge hit for Adele in 2011.

A: “Rolling in the Deep” won three 2011 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song, about a break-up, was written by Adele and Paul Epworth and was on the album 21.

4: What author wrote, “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have”?

A: That J. K. Rowlings’ quote can be found in her fifth Harry Potter book series best seller, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003). (The book was later made into a film and video game.)

5: Who was the first U.S. president to make a televised speech?

A: Harry Truman was the first president to appear in a televised speech in October, 1947. Although primitive televisions were in existence in the 1920s and 30s, it wasn’t until the late 1940s that some (not even 1 %) Americans had televisions in their homes. (More than half owned TVs by the mid-1950s.)

6: Define consternation (kon-ster-ney’-shuhn).

A: consternation-n. sudden amazement that causes alarm or confusion; example-

Much to her mother’s consternation, Ann called off the wedding.

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By Louise Lynn

For the Daily Times

Reach Lousie Lynn by email at [email protected]

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