Though these days the term wordmonger refers to "a writer or speaker who uses language pretentiously or carelessly," please join me in proposing a new meaning. A fishmonger appreciates and promotes fish, therefore, a wordmonger does the same for words.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is a teen novel that’s getting tons of buzz, for good reason. I’m clutching the coattails of my book maven pal Lynn Becker in her prognostication that  the brilliant & unflappable John Green will be this year’s Printz winner for The Fault in Our Stars. I highly recommend the book.
But Wordmonger is all about words, not books. So, here’s a wordly quiz. Please enter your answers in the comments section.
1.    The title The Fault in Our Stars was inspired by one of Shakespeare’s lines.
1a. What Shakespeare play inspired the title?
1b. What character offered the prediction?
1c. What was the original line?
2.    Following are the meanings behind some idioms that use at least one word from the title of this book. State each idiom:
2a. to be obsessed with show business or be generally dazzled or enraptured
2b. to pinpoint things that are wrong with someone or something
2c. to experience flashes of light after being hit in the head
2d. to be overly giving by nature
2e. a phrase describing a person who is liable for a particular situation
2f. to feel gratitude
3.    Which of the following is NOT an anagram of The Fault in Our Stars?
3a. lustrous faintheart
3b. tantaliferous Ruths
3c. frustrated snout ale
3d. fortunate stair lush
3e. this foul restaurant
3f.  that furniture lasso
3g. resistant author flu
Please enter your answers (or comments, of course) in the comments section.

My thanks go out to this week’s sources, NTC’s American Idioms Dictionary, 1987 & The Anagram Engine


  1. I have loved all of John Green's books. He's a witty writer with a rare ability to snag the attention of the male teenage reader.

    1a. Julius Caesar
    1b. Cassicus
    1c. I don't remember
    2a. starstruck
    2b. to find fault
    2c. to see stars
    2d. generous to a fault
    2e. at fault
    2f. thank your lucky stars
    3c is not an anagram!

    This was fun!

  2. Hi Heather,
    WOW! You know your stuff. Thanks for popping by. May nobody force any frustrated snout ale upon you!

  3. 1. Julius Caesar 2. ? 3. The fault, dear Brutus??, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves??? 3. starstruck 4.find fault 5. see stars 6. generous to a fault 7. at fault 8. thank one's lucky stars 9. frustrated snout ale. I swear I did not look at the answers above but my son gave me number one and number 9! What fun!!

  4. Ahoy Lynn,
    Thanks for coming by. Bravo to the helpful son. The line is "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
    May life be good to you.

  5. We LOVED this book. We've taken to using "the universe is not a wish granting factory."


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