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"Quizzaciously" is an English word meaning “in a mocking manner.” In September 2015, the word was widely referenced online in response to a Vsauce episode noting its position as a Google search hapax legomenon,[1] a linguistic term for a word that only appears once in a body of text.


On September 15th, 2015, the Vsauce YouTube channel uploaded an explanatory video on the statistical phenomenon known as Zipf’s law (shown below), in which the host Michael Stevens briefly mentions the word “quizzaciously” as a notable example of a hapax legomenon in the English language, since it only appears once in Google Search results[8] despite its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary.


That day, Redditor PM_ME_LEGAL_PAPERS submitted the question "Reddit, have you ever seen the word 'quizzaciously'?" to the r/AskReddit[5] subreddit. Shortly after, Vsauce host Michael Stevens posted a tweet[6] announcing that the Reddit post doubled Google's results for "quizzaciously" (shown below). That evening, the /r/quizzaciously[2] subreddit was launched for discussions about the word.

Vsauce な 塩Follow Thanks to @reddit, @google's "quizzaciously" content just DOUBLED Google QuizZACIOUSLY Wab Maps Images ShoppingVideosMoreSearch tools About 1 results (0.28 seconds) Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies Leam more ElderSpeak - Page 313- Google Books Result https://books.google.co.uk/books7isbn-1491705108 James L Reynolds, MD-2014-Medical ive+ annus year) ad. quinquennial, adv. quinquennially. See ole age. quizzacious owiz-zay shass) adj. bantering, adv. quizzacioushy, n quizzaciousness 2mins ago-Reddit, have you ever seen the word "quizzaciously7 (self AskReddit) submitted 5 minutes ago by PM ME LEGAL PAPERS 3 comments RETWEETS FAVORITES 5:54 PM-15 Sep 2015

On September 16th, a Wikipedia[3] page for "Quizzaciously" was created, which notes the word's former status as a hapax legomenon. That day, the article was flagged for deletion.

Quizzaciously From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy. Please share your thoughts on the matter at this article's entry on the Articles for deletion page. Feel free to edit the article, but the article must not be blanked, and this notice must not be removed, until the discussion is closed. For more information, particularly on merging or moving the article during the discussion, read the guide to deletion. Look up quizzacious in kionary, the free Quizzaciously is an English word that roughly means "in a mocking manner." A sentence that the word could be used in is, "The boy quizzaciously told his father that he is very short." In this sentence, the word "quizzaciously." is a synonym of "mockingly" The word was mentioned in a popular Youtube video called "The Zipf Mystery" on the channel Vsauce" wikionery dictionary

Also on September 16th, the single-serving site Quizzaciously.com was launched, featuring an embed of the Vsauce episode. Meanwhile, YouTuber Liam Heffernan[7] changed the title for the music video "Chacarron Macarron" by El Mudo to "Quizzaciously."

reñas mn chacarro Quizzaciously Liam Heffernan Subscribe 8,053 20,758,865 ShareMore 1 , 128,387タ111,542 Add to Uploaded on Dec 17, 2006 El Mudo Chacarron Macarron

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[1] Wikipedia – hapax legomenon

[2] Reddit – /r/quizzaciously

[3] Wikipedia – Quizzaciously

[4] Archive.is – Wikipedia – Quizzaciously

[5] Reddit – Reddit, have you ever seen the word quizzaciously?

[6] Twitter – @tweetsauce

[7] YouTube – Quizzaciously

[8] Google Books – quizzaciously

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