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Interactive etymology quiz

Interactive etymology quiz

How much do you really know about where your vocabulary comes from? Do you know your Latin roots from your Greek ones? How about Japanese from Cantonese? Hebrew from Hawaiian?

Test your knowledge in our interactive etymology quiz and find out if you are a student, an amateur or an expert etymologist.

Etymologies Quiz

Game Over

The root ‘vestig’ as in the words: vestigial, vestige, and investigate comes from the Latin word for:
To search
To collaborate
A clue
A footprint
The root ‘ceive’ as in perceive, receive, and deceive comes from the Latin meaning:
To take
To give
To understand
To see
The English word funnel derives from the same Latin root as the English word :
Fondue
Fondle
Fond
Fun
Which of the following English words does not derive from a Japanese root?
Bonsai
Kumquat
Futon
Karaoke
To ‘go gaga’ over somebody as in ‘to be crazy’, comes from:
The French gaga meaning ‘a senile person’
The Hebrew root gaʿgūʿīm meaning ‘longings/ feelings of missing ’
From French gager meaning ‘wager’
From Greek gigas meaning ‘giant’
The word ‘salami’ comes from:
The Latin salamandra meaning ‘salamander’
From the name of the town Salem, in Massachusetts (US)
From the Greek selinon meaning a kind of parsley
The Latin sal meaning ‘to salt’
The word wiki, meaning an editable website (like the crowdsourced encyclopedia Wikipedia) derives from:
An acronym of ‘what I know is’
The Hawaiian phrase ‘wiki wiki’ meaning ‘fast’
The Arabic waqafa meaning ‘immobilization’
From Middle Low German wîk meaning ‘town’
The English verb bog as in ‘to get bogged down’ comes from:
From Irish bogach originally from adj. bog ‘soft, moist’
From old French bague meaning ‘pack or bundle’
From the Scottish bogill meaning ‘a ghost or a goblin’
From the Latin baculum meaning ‘a stick’
The root ‘cede’ as in concede, accede, precedent, and recess comes from the Latin verb meaning:
To go/ to move
To finish
To empower
To aid
The soup minestrone shares its etymology with which of these words?
Administer
The Latin manducare meaning ‘to chew’
Mint
Mineral
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You can find out more about word etymologies in the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins.

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