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Mike Sutton
Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.
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Sutton's Mythbusting Protest. Wikipedia Myth Number 13. The Wikipedia Quiz Myth

Nov. 13, 2013 5:38 pm

Here on Best Thinking, everyday throughout November, I am publishing a newly busted myth, or newly discovered fallacy, which is currently being disseminated by the on-line encyclopedia known as Wikipedia.

I am highlighting Wikipedia’s unreliability and dreadful quality of information in protest against its deliberate policy of facilitating and refusing to halt engaging in stealth plagiarism of information from the unique work of expert authors.

At the time of writing, Wikipedia’s senior editors refuse to cite Best Thinking as a reliable source, yet Wikipedia regularly plagiarizes the original content on this site to pass-off my unique myth busting discoveries as though they are discoveries made by its own replicators who refer to themselves collectively as ‘Wikipedians’. Wikipedia passively sanctions this self-serving fraudulent behavior in order to conceal its unreliability and pervasive myth-mongering. (Click here: for the full story).


Wikipedia, on 13 November 2013, claims that the word quiz was first published in 1781:

'The first attested use of the word is from 1781 and means an odd person'.


The ID research method reveals that word quiz was actually published two years earlier than claimed by Wikipedia Kelham, R. (1779) A dictionary of the Norman or Old French Language. London. W. Clarke and Sons:

And Wikipedia is wrong about it originally meaning an odd person. Because it is an old Norman word: Quis quise quiz: meaning sought, searched for, drawn out, entered up.

The word also makes its first entry into a poem a year later where it may or may not mean an odd person. In: Hope, J, (1780) London. R. Christopher.

‘For here thou say’st, my little quiz! How could I read it in thy phiz?’

How to reference this discovery

Sutton’s Mythbusting Protest: Wikipedia Myth No. 13 ‘The Wikipedia Quiz Myth Best Thinking November 13th 2013

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