by Kristi R. Johnson
Oh my dear word nerds…my absolute love and adoration for this scene from The Simpsons cannot adequately be expressed in blog form only.
I think I have used enough images and quotes from The Simpsons for regular readers to get that I love this show. And that love only grows when it manages to throw out words like perspicacity – a word I otherwise would have never even known existed. Maybe.
Although probably the best thing about this scene is not necessarily Lisa’s freak out or the use of a seriously underutilized word, but Homer’s follow-up response of “Well it’s always in the last place you look.” Oh, Homer.
Perspicacity is the ability to perceive or understand difficult things. Lisa Simpson is certainly perspicacious, as we should all strive to be. And thanks to Mental Floss, below are some other words that seem close to perspicacity in appearance, but are actually quite different.
Parsimonious – extremely frugal or thrifty.
Pertinacious – stubbornly persistent.
Pugnacious – eager to engage in a fight.
Pusillanimous – lacking courage.
These four words, along with ‘perspicacity,’ appeared in one of a series of quizzes that regularly appears on the site titled “Pick the Correct Word for Each Definition.” Five words that are similar in sound or appearance are given, and you have 60 seconds to match each one with its correct definition. Believe me, it’s harder than it sounds. And once you miss on one word, you cannot go back and try to find its correct match. Full disclosure: I have managed to get 100% only once, and it wasn’t even on the quiz that featured our word of honor.
You can test your own perspicacity on a few of these quizzes here, and feel free to let us know how you did.