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Where did Words Come From?

written by: DieZel
 
The word etymology comes from the Greek words "etymon", which translates into "the true meaning of a word", and "logos", meaning science. In each question, guess where the word came from.

Question 1:


The word "tycoon" means "a wealthy businessperson". What language does it come from?
Greek
Russian
Chinese
Latin

Question 2:


Apart from being the name of a well-known rock group, "placebo" also means "an innocuous medicine, prescribed only for psychological effect over the patient or for experimentations". But what is its true meaning in Latin?
Hypnotism
Harmless
Pleasure
I shall please

Question 3:


The original meaning of the word "grotesque" was very different from the one we know. What was it?
Foolish
Big
Illiterate
Fantastic

Question 4:


The Amazon estuary is truly magnificent. The word "estuary" comes from this language.
Portuguese
Chinese
Latin
Spanish

Question 5:


The word devil is derived from the Greek word "diabolos". What does diabolos mean?
Silly
Accuser
Insane
Offender

Question 6:


After a divorce, the court might order one of the sides to pay an alimony. What are the origins of the word alimony?
Latin
Turkish
Japanese
Greek

Question 7:


The Greek word "kome" means "hair of the head". Which one of these words derives from it?
Comet
Coma
Comb
Court

Question 8:


The name of the flower "dandelion" comes from this language.
Anglo-Saxon
Portuguese
Swedish
French

Question 9:


A good sense of humor is highly valued everywhere. The original meaning of the word "humor" in Latin (more accurately "umor") is this.
State of mind
Good joke
Good word usage
Body fluid

Question 10:


The word "nice" is very popular nowadays, but its original meaning in Latin is not as nice.
Disobedient
Hideous
Ignorant
Clumsy

 


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