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People Who Became Words - 14
Eponyms (Words from Names)
"This is the last quiz in this series on words that originated from the names of real and fictional people. Hope you enjoyed playing the quizzes as much as I enjoyed making them!"
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Samuel Plimsoll was a British merchant who had an important role to play in shipping reforms. The term plimsoll mark is named after him. Do you know what it means?
A mark which certifies the sea-worthiness of a ship
A mark near a port where a ship should drop anchor
A line indicating the limit to which a ship can be loaded
A line indicating to what depth a submarine can move under water
The word promethean means 'inspiring' or 'daringly original'. It is named after a Greek demigod Prometheus, but do you know how the story behind the origin of this word?
Prometheus stole fire from heaven and gave it to mankind
Prometheus inspired Zeus to become King of Gods
Prometheus was the creator of the world
Prometheus dared to take on Thor
Rambo is a famous character popularised in movies. Do you know who created this character?
Shrapnel refers to metal fragments from a bomb. Who is the word named after?
A German Colonel
A Lieutenant in the British Royal artillery
A Japanese Admiral
An American Brigadier
The word stentorian is used to refer to someone having a booming voice. How did this word originate?
It is named after a powerful Roman warrior
It is named after a Greek herald in the Trojan War
It is named after the first radio announcer
It is named after the person who invented the loudspeaker
Svengali was a fictional character created by George Du Maurier. Which of the following best describes the meaning of this word?
A wild man
A man of refined tastes
A tontine is a type of annuity scheme. Whom was it named after?
A finance minister
Victorian is a word named for the great British monarch Victoria. Which of the following best describes the meaning of this word?
Which day of the week is named after the pagan God Woden?
The word zany is used to refer to someone crazy or wacky. Can you guess the origin of this word?
It is named after a lunatic
It is named after a clown
It is named after the founder of mental asylums
It is named after an eccentric millionaire
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Compiled Jun 28 12