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Quiz: Where Did These English Words Originate?

Edited By: Shai Kuritzky
 English is a remarkable language. It's so easy to learn and understand that it's little wonder it's the most "international" language, taking the place of French. Part of why it's so comfortable is that it borrows so many of its words from other languages. Indeed English is a composite language, and many of the words we say today actually started in another language altogether, some ancient, some more recent. Having borrowed from so many different languages, it can be quite difficult sometimes to know what the true origins of the word are. In this quiz, we're going to ask you to choose the language you believe the English word originated from. Are you ready to put your etymological knowledge to the test?
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Latin word for Belly.
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Germanic
Hindi
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Hindi word 'Chita' - Variegated (exhibiting different colors).
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Finnish
Greek
Hindi
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Greek word 'Sarkazein' - to cut off flesh.
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Germanic
Greek
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the French word for a workman's smock.
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Italian
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From Latin 'Aequus' - even, level.
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Greek
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Sanskrit word 'Jangala' - uncultivated land.
Hebrew
Germanic
Sanskrit
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English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Greek words meaning Lizard and Terrible - a terrible lizard.
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Old French
Germanic
Greek
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Latin word 'Angulus' - corner.
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Germanic
Greek
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Hindi-Urdu word 'Thagi' - thief, con man.
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Hindi
Hebrew
French
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Greek word for transfer.
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Hebrew
Greek
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Hebrew word 'Meshiach'.
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Hebrew
Hungarian
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Latin word 'Anima' - life.
Old French
Swedish
Latin
Hindi
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Gaelic word 'Krros' - a two wheeled war chariot.
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Germanic
Old French
Sanskrit
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Hindistani word 'Champo' - rub.
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Hindi
Germanic
Latin
English etymology quiz: hand framing a word
 
 
From what language does this English word originate from?
From the Greek word for wandering.
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Sanskrit
Indian
Greek
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Oops! Don't worry, nobody expects anyone to know the roots for all these English words. After all, it doesn't change the way we use them. We hope you've learned a bit though and enjoyed the challenge! You can either try again or look at the results to see where you went wrong.
Pretty Good!
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Not bad! You may not be a linguist but you sure as heck know some obscure etymology of English words. That is rare knowledge to have these days and we're so impressed you still have it in your head!
You Aced it!
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My oh my. We thought we had you, we really did. We thought this was a hard quiz. But wow, did you prove us wrong! Or maybe it's just hard for everyone else and you are a linguist in disguise. Either way, you aced this quiz and proved you truly know your etymology. We're incredibly proud of you!
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