Two Letter Answers #1

Can you guess these answers that are only two letters long?
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Last updated: April 16, 2021
First submittedMarch 5, 2014
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Clue
Answer
Approximately 3.14
Pi
Pixar movie
Up
Prior to AD
BC
Chinese strategy game
Go
Stomach muscle
Ab
Stephen King novel
It
Meditation word
Om
Psyche component
Id
Clue
Answer
Italian river
Po
Beast of burden
Ox
Kipling poem
If
Hello
Hi
Egyptian sun god
Ra
Former spouse
Ex
A note to follow Sol
La
Australia
Oz
Clue
Answer
Measure of acidity
pH
One of Jupiter's moons
Io
Karate uniform
Gi
Archaic spelling of "the"
Ye
Santa's syllable
Ho
Sodium's symbol
Na
Chinese life force
Qi
Electricity that oscillates
AC
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Level 74
Mar 21, 2014
Would "archaic word for "the"" be a better clue? I kept thinking of a different way to spell 'the', rather a different word for 'the'.
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Level 49
Mar 21, 2014
In a lot of old printed manuscripts, the word "þe" was typeset as "ye" when the press ran out of þ's. I've also seen words like "world" typeset as "vvorld" when the press ran out of w's.

I'm not sure I'd call it an "alternate spelling", though. The reader was supposed to look at the page and see the correct spelling. He could even correct it by hand using a pen. So it's more along the lines of an "alternate typesetting", or perhaps a "tolerated typo".

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Level 83
Dec 1, 2020
^It was cheaper to buy fonts from Europe (e.g. France and Italy) than make their own. These didn't include the thorn, so 'y' was used instead.

Now, if I'd said "i.e. France and Italy", that would have implied that Europe consists of only those two countries. But I used "e.g." and gave two examples of countries in Europe from which fonts were bought. Get it, everybody?

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Level 42
Aug 7, 2016
'ye' is actually 'þe' (which is pronounced the same as the), however in the Tudor period the shorthand for 'þe' looked an awful lot like 'ye' because their script was so fancy, so people got confused and started writing 'ye' instead.
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Level 70
Aug 8, 2016
Not to be picky, but Þþ is the unvoiced sound (as in think and thorn) and Ðð is the voiced sound (as in the and this). These letters are still retained in Icelandic (and Ðð in Faroese).
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Level 63
May 1, 2021
Pronunciations change over time. Þ is supposed to make the sound found in "think" and "thorn", but at one point pronunciations changed so that when that sound was found at the beginning of a word it changed to the consonant found in "this" and "that". Ð and Þ were interchangeable in Old English.
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Level 63
May 2, 2021
I thought the quiz expected us to write "þe", and frantically tried to find that letter on my keyboard!
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Level 61
Mar 21, 2014
Oh man, only 14% for Kipling's "If"? It's a great poem - look it up if you haven't read it before!
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Level 77
Mar 21, 2014
I agree. After Homer, Kipling's the manliest poet around.
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Level 72
Jun 28, 2018
Agree too with irish14. A BBC survey showed "If" to be the most popular poem written in the English language. How come only 14% of jetpunkers have heard of it?
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Level 51
Mar 24, 2014
I even tried rubbing my earlobes and couldn't come up with Om
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Level 78
Sep 12, 2014
I thought the word was aum. I tried am, um, and then gave up.
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2019
We know it as ohm
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Level 65
May 1, 2021
Ohm is the opposite of OM (resistance vs acceptance).
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Level 71
May 1, 2021
Me too! Um should be accepted as an alternative spelling honestly. They're practically the same sound!
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Level 81
Aug 7, 2016
I think Xi for Qi (Chi) and Ki for Gi are both found in the Scrabble dictionary. It's been a while since I looked.
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Level 64
Aug 7, 2016
Do - re - me - fa - so - la - ti - do!

Not "Sol"... haha

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Level 82
Aug 7, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_note#History_of_note_names : "In Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Romanian, Greek, Russian, Mongolian, Flemish, Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Turkish notation the notes of scales are given in terms of Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Si rather than C-D-E-F-G-A-B. These names follow the original names reputedly given by Guido d'Arezzo, who had taken them from the first syllables of the first six musical phrases of a Gregorian Chant melody Ut queant laxis, which began on the appropriate scale degrees. These became the basis of the solfege system. "Do" later replaced the original "Ut" for ease of singing (most likely from the beginning of Dominus, Lord), though "Ut" is still used in some places. "Si" or "Ti" was added as the seventh degree (from Sancte Johannes, St. John, to whom the hymn is dedicated). The use of "Si" versus "Ti" varies regionally."
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Level 67
Aug 7, 2016
Oh, that's what it was about. I thought the answer should be CW, as in clockwise. Because it's the same direction the sun goes over the sky.
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Level 70
Oct 27, 2016
Here in Australia the Sun goes anti-clockwise.
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Level 66
May 1, 2021
'Sol' is such an outlier in that already-odd system it really bugs me. I accept it, but only bebuggedly.
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Level 71
May 2, 2021
That may be, but the clue references a song in which "la" follows "so."
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Level 67
Aug 7, 2016
I feel like "Australia" isn't a very good hint for "Oz." Aside from the fact that I've literally never heard that anywhere before, it would make a lot more sense as a hint for Australia's common abbreviation AU. How about making it a Wizard of Oz reference instead?
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Level 73
Aug 7, 2016
The fact that you have never heard it does not make it incorrect
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Level 53
Aug 8, 2016
Well I live in Oz and it's how we always say it!
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Level 22
Sep 15, 2016
To be fair, I live in Australia and didn't think of Oz, rather Au

It's a tad bogan and over used

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Level 60
Mar 20, 2019
See, my first thought was "Oi". Because of Aussi! Aussi! Aussi! Oi! Oi! Oi! But, I'm a stupid American so...
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2019
How can you never have heard of it?? Never watched tv read a book or been on the internet?? Ow wait ..

it is almost like saying what is usa, i ve never heard of it

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Level 60
Aug 8, 2016
I think the correct lyric is "a note to follow So"
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Level 78
May 15, 2017
Nope. It's from the tonic sol-fa scale. When you say sol and then la it may sound as though there's only one l, but sol is correct.
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Level 73
May 3, 2021
It doesn't help that Julie Andrews things you "sol" with a needle pulling thread. Probably where the confusion started. Sol is a very common crossword answer as well.
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Level 45
Aug 9, 2016
I thought of "ty" for the 'Thanks, in Britan' question lol
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Level 44
Aug 11, 2016
Playing Scrabble helped with this one. I love my two letter words.
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Level 85
Dec 28, 2016
Since when in music is tit 'sol'? I thought it was 'so'
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Level 66
May 1, 2021
"Sol" is the Cyprus of the music world.
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Level 45
Apr 11, 2018
Wow I actually got qi.
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Level 37
May 31, 2018
"Ye" is archaic for "you", not "the", as in "Come all ye faithful..."
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Level 73
May 31, 2018
Actually that's a pretty common misconception. The "Y" in Ye, is actually not a "Y" at all. It's an archaic letter called "thorn" which was a letter that by the 15th century looked similar to a modern "Y." The thorn is the letter that actually give us the "th" sound. It used to be its own letter but because of over hundreds of years of sloppy transcriptions, the thorn started to look like "Y" so the "Y" would be substituted for it until eventually, like other archaic letters, the thorn faded into obscurity. So the next time you walk by "ye olde drug store" you too can be a pendant and call it "the old drug store" just like it was originally intended.
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Level 78
Apr 17, 2021
Actually it's both. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ye
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Level 89
Apr 20, 2021
I too can be a *pedant.
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Level 73
Apr 20, 2021
I stand by "pendant"...you go to a stranger, hang on their neck, and shout into their face "IT'S ACTUALLY PRONOUNCED THE!"
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Level 56
Jan 26, 2019
Qi is an awesome scrabble word
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2019
Im surpised at the low percentages !! (I got 25 right but knew bo aswell, just couldnt get to it in time) most of the ones below 50% i would ve expected to be near 80%
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Level 67
Aug 26, 2019
Did get bo this time, but still no idea about the same bunch, if, jo, gi and el.
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Level 67
Nov 25, 2019
Only missed gi and el this time
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Level 73
May 31, 2019
You would just type in all 676 answers to the ones you didnt know and get al of them
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Level 54
Apr 29, 2020
isn't Ab an abbreviation?
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Level 74
Apr 16, 2021
Hear ye and Come all ye faithful; I'm not sure that the word "the", plugged into those phrases, really works. I suspect that ye actually means something else?
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Level 80
Apr 17, 2021
As I understand it, they are two different words: ye (with a proper y), being the archaic second-person plural pronoun, as opposed to ye (the 'y' being a thorn), referring to the article 'the'.
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Level 73
Apr 25, 2021
OY!
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Level 66
May 1, 2021
Only struggled for a moment trying to enter "xi".