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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
The Painted Jezebel is a butterfly belonging to the Pieridae family. It is native to the regions of south and south east Asia.
The term 'Painted Jezebel' is also an idiom referring unkindly to a woman described as scheming or manipulative. It is derived from the evil Biblical queen Jezebel.
The term 'nervous Nellie' is not restricted only to women. It may be used to derogatorily refer to any timid person. The term has its roots in horse racing where it was used for high strung animals with 'Nell' being a slang term for horses.
'Plain Jane' is a derisive term describing a woman with no striking physical attributes. It can also be used to describe an object that is not particularly embellished or lacks any adornment.
'Big Bertha' is used commonly to describe any exceptionally large object. One of the best known examples is the German built howitzer that was used during the two World Wars.
'Bloody Mary' was the nickname given to Queen Mary I of England, daughter of King Henry VIII. She was a staunch Roman Catholic and a number of Protestants were executed during her reign leading to this name. The term is also used to refer to a cocktail made with vodka and tomato juice.
A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray found attached to tables mostly in Chinese restaurants. The dishes are placed on the tray and can then be turned towards the person wishing to serve themselves helping all diners to share and sample different types of food.
'Tin Lizzie' was originally a nickname for the Ford Model T car and is now used to describe any old, vintage automobile. It has also lent itself to an idiom - 'go the way of the tin Lizzie' which means any formerly popular product or fad that has now declined in usage.
The phrase 'shrinking violet' is used to describe an excessively shy person. The term is derived not from any person but from the violet, a native English flower.
Prima donna literally translates to 'first lady' and was originally used to refer to the lead singer or actress in a performance. It is now commonly used to describe a vain, self-important person who makes undue demands of others.
A Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert. Usually made with apple and sweetened crumbs, it is served with whipped cream.