Which Language is This Word From?

 Since English is a borrower of words from every language imaginable, how well do you think you know the etymology of common English words? Take this quiz and you'll find out!
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
from a Bantu language of Angola
African
German
Arabic
French
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Hebrew
Italian
Arabic
Chinese
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Hindi / Sanskrit
French
German
Norwegian
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Of West African origin (compare Kikongo zumbi "fetish;" Kimbundu nzambi "god"), originally the name of a snake god, later with meaning "reanimated corpse" in voodoo cult.
Portuguese
African
Arabic
Hebrew
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
from Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skið "long snowshoe," literally "stick of wood, firewood,"
Norwegian
German
Spanish
Hindi
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Dutch
Italian
French
Chinese
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
French
Russian
Spanish
Persian
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Spanish
French
Chinese
African
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Russian
Spanish
Portuguese
Arabic
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Portuguese
Hindi
German
Italian
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
African
French
Chinese
Russian
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Arabic
Russian
Dutch
French
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Persian
Chinese
Norwegian
Portuguese
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Dutch
Danish
Hindi
Italian
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
German
Italian
Arabic
Hindi
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Ketchup comes from the Hokkien Chinese word, kê-tsiap, the name of a sauce derived from fermented fish.
Chinese
Arabic
French
Spanish
 
 
What is this English word's language of origin?
Hebrew
Arabic
Persian
Chinese
Shall We Try Again?
Unfortunately you didn't get a very good score on this one. We may use these words all the time, but their origins are unknown to most of us. This is a great opportunity to learn some of those origins. How about trying again?
Word Decipher
Very well done! You didn't get the highest score but you have surely shown you know your way around the etymologies of many common English words. Good show!
Lord of the Word
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