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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?
Russian
Chinese
Latin
Greek

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
Pleasure
I shall please
Harmless

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

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?
Greek
Turkish
Latin
Japanese

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

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
Good word usage
State of mind
Good joke

Question 10:


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

 


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