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Dog Words

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Dog Words game quiz
"All of these words and phrases have an origin that has something to do with dogs."

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1. Which of the following words, meaning "a person with a negative attitude; someone who believes that all people are selfish," derives from a Greek word meaning "dog"?
    Misanthrope
    Cynic
    Pessimist
    Caviler


2. According to Renaissance author Ben Jonson, which letter "is the dog's letter and hurreth in the sound"?
    R
    W
    D
    H


3. Of the following phrases, which is the only one with an origin that has nothing to do with dogs?
    To badger someone
    Pitting them against each other
    Red herring
    Mouthing off


4. If you are "going to see a man about a dog," what are you doing?
    Going to the bathroom
    Buying a dog
    Placing a bet at a racetrack
    Conducting a shady deal


5. A period of often hot and humid days in late summer is called "the dog days of summer." Why?
    Because dogs enjoyed basking in the sun
    Because there were more rabid dogs at that time
    Because of Sirius, the dog star
    Because dogs were not made to work in hot weather, for fear of heat exhaustion


6. What word meaning "spunky and quarrelsome" has its origin in the name of a type of dog?
    Sassy
    Cheeky
    Snappish
    Feisty


7. What Southern food item's name supposedly arose from its use to quiet dogs?
    Answer: (Two words)


8. This canine-related phrase describes a tall tale, usually quite long, with a silly or absurd ending.
    Answer: (3 words)


9. What dog-related term is often used to describe adolescent infatuation?
    Answer: (Two Words)


10. Where in your body will you find the only part which has a name with a dog-related origin?
    Trunk
    Legs
    Abdomen
    Head


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Compiled Jun 28 12