Take Our Construction Slang Quiz

Every trade and profession has its own language. The construction industry is no different with its own jargon, lingo and slang. We've put together a Construction Slang Quiz to test your knowledge of terms heard on the jobsite. The language used at the construction site can be colorful at times, but we've kept the quiz clean. After you finish the quiz, let us know how you did in the comments along with any slang you commonly use on the construction site.

1) tinhammer

A Tin Knocker is slang for a...

2) yardsale

A Yard Sale is slang for...

3) funny
Funny Papers is slang for...

4) mustard
Mustard is slang for...

5) pogo
A Pogo Stick is slang for...

6) whiskey
A Whiskey Stick is slang for...

7) monkey
A steel monkey is slang for...

8) arm
Adam's arm is slang for...

9) spark
Sparky is slang for...

10) board
A board stretcher is slang for...


Be sure to click Submit Quiz to see your results!

9 Responses to “Take Our Construction Slang Quiz”

  1. William S May 28, 2015 at 8:41 AM #

    It’s been a while since I’ve actually worked a construction site. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Brings back memories …

    William S

  2. Kevin Conley May 28, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

    How do you spell ELECTRICIAN?

    • Kendall Jones May 28, 2015 at 12:37 PM #

      Incorrectly apparently. Typo has been fixed.

      • Kevin Conley May 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM #

        Thank you.

  3. Stan S May 28, 2015 at 8:09 PM #

    I’m a concrete contractor and have never heard it referred to as mustard. Interesting quiz, thanks!

    • Kendall Jones May 29, 2015 at 7:06 AM #

      Thanks Stan. I’d heard of most of the terms before, but that was a new one for me. It did come from a reputable source. Maybe it’s because concrete mixers resemble mustard bottles. It could be a regional thing like soda or pop or, like where I’m from, just coke for any soft drink.

  4. Ryan Scott June 2, 2015 at 2:43 AM #

    Hi Kendall, by defining construction terms, through a quiz, you have made the learning process a lot easier. Thanks a lot for sharing this information.

    • Kendall Jones June 2, 2015 at 6:55 AM #

      Thanks Ryan. We may do another quiz in the future with regular/trade specific/obscure construction terms in the future based on the positive feedback on this one.

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