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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?
Latin
Russian
Greek
Chinese

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?
Harmless
Pleasure
I shall please
Hypnotism

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

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?
Turkish
Japanese
Latin
Greek

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


The name of the flower "dandelion" comes from this language.
Swedish
Anglo-Saxon
Portuguese
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.
Body fluid
State of mind
Good joke
Good word usage

Question 10:


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

 


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