Pop “Quiz”

Yesterday Mary was looking up the origins of the word “quiz” — specifically wanting to know at what point it became a verb related to testing.1  Her research led to this 18th century quote: “Everybody seems to set me down as a butt made on purpose to be ridiculed … as if I had ‘This man is quizable’ pasted in large letters upon my back.”2

Nice to know that some things never change …


  1. It originally meant “an odd or eccentric person in character or appearance” (OED).
  2. From The Quiz No. 13. (1797).