Language Origins Trivia Questions

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Language Origins Trivia Questions

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  • 1. 
    In Latin, the word "appendix" means "the part that" does what?
    • A. 

      Is Useless

    • B. 

      Hangs

    • C. 

      Finishes

    • D. 

      Comes Later

  • 2. 
    What English word derives from a Greek insult meaning "babblers"?
    • A. 

      Barbarians

    • B. 

      Buffoons

    • C. 

      Bums

    • D. 

      Bushwhackers

  • 3. 
    Which word for a maddened warrior comes from the Old Icelandic for "bear shirt"?
    • A. 

      Dervish

    • B. 

      Fury

    • C. 

      Janissary

    • D. 

      Berserker

  • 4. 
    The term "cab", used for a taxi, comes from the Old Italian word for which animal?
    • A. 

      Cow

    • B. 

      Goat

    • C. 

      Dog

    • D. 

      Horse

  • 5. 
    The word "cantaloupe" translates in Italian to a "wolf" that does what?
    • A. 

      Runs

    • B. 

      Dances

    • C. 

      Fights

    • D. 

      Sings

  • 6. 
    Which liquid's name comes from the Latin for "sour wine"?
    • A. 

      Sherry

    • B. 

      Cordial

    • C. 

      Whiskey

    • D. 

      Vinegar

  • 7. 
    Which Roman's name was the origin of the Russian word "Tzar"?
    • A. 

      Julius Caesar

    • B. 

      Trajan

    • C. 

      Marcus Brutus

    • D. 

      Marcus Aurelius

  • 8. 
    The "trivia" comes from a Latin term for what?
    • A. 

      A Crossroads

    • B. 

      A Bureaucrat

    • C. 

      An Inn

    • D. 

      A Ledger

  • 9. 
    The word "tennis" was originally the word "tenez" from which language?
    • A. 

      Dutch

    • B. 

      French

    • C. 

      Spanish

    • D. 

      Arabic

  • 10. 
    The word "stool" derives from an Old English word for what other kind of seat?
    • A. 

      Toilet

    • B. 

      Throne

    • C. 

      Chair

    • D. 

      Bench

  • 11. 
    The word "sinister" comes from the Latin word for which direction?
    • A. 

      West

    • B. 

      East

    • C. 

      Right

    • D. 

      Left

  • 12. 
    The term "salary" originates from money given to Roman soldiers to buy what?
    • A. 

      Salmon

    • B. 

      Sandals

    • C. 

      Salt

    • D. 

      Slaves

  • 13. 
    Which English word is borrowed from the Czech word for "worker"?
    • A. 

      Fax

    • B. 

      Machine

    • C. 

      Robot

    • D. 

      Computer

  • 14. 
    The word "planet" comes for a Greek verb meaning what?
    • A. 

      To Exist

    • B. 

      To Hold

    • C. 

      To Spin

    • D. 

      To Wander

  • 15. 
    The word "pedestrian" originally referred to the followers of which philosopher?
    • A. 

      Aristotle

    • B. 

      Epicurus

    • C. 

      Plato

    • D. 

      Pythagoras

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