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This section features quizzes on the origins of words and phrases.   

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31
Interesting Origins of Food-Related Words 15 questions

Everybody eats, but few people bother to think about how what they are ingesting got its name. This quiz takes a look at some delightful delectables, and how they were named.
Difficult
jgiles
1356 plays
32
Where Everyday Phrases Come From, Part Two 10 questions

If you enjoyed the first of my quizzes on this subject, try your hand at another collection of everyday phrases.
Difficult
simjazzbeer
474 plays
33
Etymological Tidbits 10 questions

By looking at faces you often recognize family features. Something similar is true about words. Try your luck.
Average
flem-ish
2799 plays
34
Zaftig? 10 questions

Got zaftig? Here are some Z words that may or may not be derived from other languages. Please enjoy!
Average
alexis722
261 plays
35
Sourc-ery 10 questions

Pick the language from which each of these American/English words is derived.
Easy
nyirene330
Aug 25 16
351 plays
36
"Alfresco" English: Words From The Out of Doors 10 questions

Foreign words ("foreign" originating from the Latin "foris", meaning "out of doors") are generally welcomed warmly into the English language. This quiz will test your knowledge of some of our adopted words.
Average
uglybird
879 plays
37
Can You Rephrase That? Numero Tres 10 questions

Third in a series of the origins of words and phrases in the English language. Now, let's see if you can get the first question "right on the nose."
Difficult
logcrawler
492 plays
38
Where Did That Word Come From? 15 questions

Most English words come from Latin or 'Old English'. Here are some that don't. But where DID they come from?
Average
Baloo55th
1737 plays
39
Origins of Some English Words 20 questions

Here are questions on the origins of some English words.
Average
chessart
1305 plays
40
Origins Of First Names 10 questions

Many English names happen to be foreign names in disguise. This quiz deals with the meaning and origins of names that were borrowed from Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Scandinavian and a few other languages.
Difficult
flem-ish
987 plays
41
Demonyms and Nicknames Around the World 10 questions

Most people know that an Oklahoman is often called a "Sooner" or a native Londoner a "Cockney." There are a great many such "demonyms" or geographical nicknames...this quiz invites you to identify some of them...
Tough
tartandisco
522 plays
42
True Word Origins 10 questions

Have you ever wondered where some words originated? Here are ten possible sources for useful words in the English language...enjoy!
Tough
thejazzkickazz
1560 plays
43
What 's In A Word ? 10 questions

There often is more in a word or name than meets the eye. Understanding the background and origin of a word helps us to know what we are talking about. Have a try.
Difficult
flem-ish
1041 plays
44
Can You Rephrase That? 10 questions

In response to another author's challenge, I decided to research some common phrases and words that Americans and other English speakers use. Hope you enjoy the quiz!
Difficult
logcrawler
966 plays
45
Can You Rephrase That? Nummer Vier (4) 10 questions

Since this quiz is "nummer vier" (4) in Dutch, appropriately the first question is about the Dutch. (Sources include, but are not limited to: "I've Got Goose Pimples"; "Reader's Digest" & "Why We Say It".)
Difficult
logcrawler
288 plays
46
Month Origins 10 questions

This quiz is on where the names of months came from.
Average
napierslogs
2700 plays
47
Word Families 10 questions

When learning a language, it matters that one recognizes related words. Sometimes appearances are deceptive. See which of the four words is "the unrelated outsider".
Tough
flem-ish
867 plays
48
Word Origins From Mythology 10 questions

Some mythical characters have worked their way into everyday language
Average
robert362
3603 plays
49
Greek and Latin in English 10 questions

Greek and Latin have influenced the whole Western civilisation, especially in the fields of science and learning. See how well versed you are in that type of vocabulary.
Tough
flem-ish
810 plays
50
Pseudograms - Fabricated Words 10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to determine the made-up word from the given definition!
Average
logikzer0
387 plays
51
Word Links 10 questions

We often are blind to the historic links there are between words. This quiz points out some such 'unexpected' relations between words.
Average
flem-ish
1536 plays
52
Word Origins 10 questions

This is a quiz about some obscure origins of words in the English language. Enjoy!
Tough
fuadj
924 plays
53
Origins of English words and phrases 10 questions

Interesting origins to common words and phrases.
Tough
vendome
2190 plays
54
Phrases, Myths and Ancient History 10 questions

Myths have made their way into our language in so many ways. The following involve some common idioms which relate to myths and a little bit of history...
Difficult
alkmene
1194 plays
55
Son of Origins of Words and Phrases 10 questions

More strange origins of familiar words and phrases.
Difficult
vendome
1956 plays
56
Words Too Have Family 10 questions

Many modern words describe a former function or are derivatives of words enclosing that function. E.g., a 'Colonel' was a leader of a 'COLONNA ' (Italian for column). In this quiz, identify the modern words that evolved from their various roots.
Average
chrissie_26
1608 plays
57
Surprising Words and Word-Origins 10 questions

If you take a second look at a word you often are in for a surprising link with another one. See if you can find the 'hidden origins' of some common and less common English words.
Tough
flem-ish
849 plays
58
What's in a Name? 10 questions

Imagine if we were called by the meaning of our names rather than by the names themselves. Some of us might have a hard time living up to our appellations! Can you figure out the names that match these meanings?
Very Difficult
Cymruambyth
606 plays
59
Words With A Story 10 questions

There are so many words we use frequently without noticing there is some kind of story linked to them. See if you can link these with their supposed origin, meaning etc.
Tough
flem-ish
1053 plays
60
Insults and their Origins 10 questions

Most insults, taken literally, mean the same thing (a part of the body not suitable for mention in a quiz). However, some have more obscure derivations.
Difficult
Islingtonian
2238 plays
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