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"Etymology is like linguistic archeology. You dig into words and you discover earlier forms, meanings, etc. Have a try with these - occasionally surprising - word origins."
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Though the English word stomach derives from a Greek word stoma, that Greek word stoma itself does not mean stomach but:______________
Carillons got their names from a vulgar Latin word for a set of bells, :"quadrinio", or in a more French form: "quadrillon". How many bells was that originally?
The French word gigue refers to a dance for which you need agile legs.
A leg of mutton is un gigot in that same language. Which word for a professional seducer of ladies is also related to the idea of a "dancer with agile legs"?
How did corned beef get its name?
It was usually produced in Corning Ware containers
It was considered a rather corny type of food.
It had been corned i.e. preserved in grains of salt.
It' s originally from French boeuf cornu.
In more heroic times the man who walked in front of the army was the general himself, the army- ruler or "heri-wald". Later the man who walked in front of ther army was just the messenger, the announcer of news or the ________________
(Popular as a title for newspapers.The Daily __________; six letters.)
"Hurrah" was a shout that originated with the Cossacks in Russia. It meant:
Long Live the Commander!
Long Live the Czar!
Which of these words refers to forecasting events on the basis of dreams?
A marinade was originally a very simple affair. It meant that you soaked food in ____________________
olive oil and rosemary
Which of these words refers to a Portuguese type of song in which the sad fate of human beings is sung about in a plaintive, almost bluesy style?
Which of these is the correct origin of the word migraine ?
from Latin migrans which refers to a pain that travels around
megacranium the feeling that your head is getting too big
Greek hemicrania which means pain in one half of the skull
Old English mickle( big) + Latin cranium feeling that your head is swollen
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Compiled Jun 28 12