Quiz about Climbing the Tower of Babel 7th Floor
Quiz about Climbing the Tower of Babel 7th Floor

Climbing the Tower of Babel, 7th Floor Quiz


Can you translate into English these lists of synonyms in many different languages?

A multiple-choice quiz by FatherSteve. Estimated time: 2 mins.
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Author
FatherSteve
Time
2 mins
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Multiple Choice
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391,369
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. What do nariz, nez, Nase, Nef, deguns and trwyn mean in English? Hint

Biceps
Channel/strait
Glasses
Nose

2. What is the English meaning of asími, plata, prata, fidda, argent and srebro?
Hint

Thought
River
Silver
Servant

3. Can you translate kissa, chat, cica, gatto, kedi and ngeru into English? Hint

Black
Cat
Tea
Cake

4. What is the English translation of kuffert, matkalaukku, valixhe, valise, valigia, lagaminas and koper?
Hint

Copper
Worth/price
Pastry turnover
Suitcase

5. In English, what is the meaning of melk, lait, latte, halib, susu and lakto?
Hint

Milk
Afternoon
Coffee
Big toe

6. In English, what do ljus, stearinlys, bougie, Kerze, coinneal, vela, and lumânare mean?
Hint

Stock/broth
Bicycle
Window
Candle

7. What do poststempel, timbro postale, pasta zimogs, carimbo postal, and matasellos mean in English? Hint

Macaroni
Insanity
Bug killer/insecticide
Postmark

8. What is the English meaning of inyoka, thueban, slange, Schlange, slang and serpiente?
Hint

Doorlock
Coast
Cheeping or tweeting or peeping
Snake

9. Can you translate trigo, grano, vete, hvede, and triticum into English? Hint

Rutabaga
Sand
Triangle
Wheat

10. What is the English translation of festa, fiesta, ferie, dovolenka, feriado and argía?
Hint

Party
Silver
Fairy
Holiday


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What do nariz, nez, Nase, Nef, deguns and trwyn mean in English?

Answer: Nose

Nariz is the Portuguese, Spanish and Galician word for nose, as is nez in French, Nase in German, Nef in Icelandic, deguns in Latvian and trwyn in Welsh. The Modern English noun nose derives from the Old English noun nosu. It, in turn, descended from the Old Nose nos, the Old Frisian nose, and perhaps the Old High German nasa. To have one's "nose out of joint" is an expression dating from the 16th Century.
2. What is the English meaning of asími, plata, prata, fidda, argent and srebro?

Answer: Silver

Asími is Greek for silver, as is plata in Spanish, prata in Portuguese, fidda in Maltese, argent in French and srebro in Polish. The modern English word silver is related rather directly to the Old Saxon silvbar, the Old Norse silfr, and the Dutch zilver. The Latin argentum explains the scientific abbreviation for the chemical silver: Ag.
3. Can you translate kissa, chat, cica, gatto, kedi and ngeru into English?

Answer: Cat

Kissa is Finnish for cat, as is chat in French, cica in Hungarian, gatto in Italian, kedi in Turkish, and ngeru in Maori. The Old English word for a domesticated feline is catt; it is very old, dating from around 700 CE. It is related to the Dutch kat and the German Katze.

The Late Latin is cattus. "Cat burglar" (so called for the stealth with which the crime is accomplished) appears in 1907.
4. What is the English translation of kuffert, matkalaukku, valixhe, valise, valigia, lagaminas and koper?

Answer: Suitcase

Kuffert is Danish for suitcase, as is matkalaukku in Finnish, valixhe in Albanian, valise in French, valigia in Italian, lagaminas in Lithuanian and koper in Javanese. The Modern English suitcase is a compound noun from ca. 1898. Suit refers to a set of matched garments; case refers to a container, an outer protective covering.

The alternative English term valise comes directly from the Middle French where it meant a soldier's kit bag.
5. In English, what is the meaning of melk, lait, latte, halib, susu and lakto?

Answer: Milk

The Dutch word for milk is melk, as is lait in French, latte in Italian, halib in Arabic, susu in Indonesian, and lakto in Esperanto. The Modern English milk descends from the Old English milc which is related to lots of Germanic words, e.g. the Old Norse mjolk, the Old Saxon miluk, and the German Milch.

The notion of a land abounding in "milk and honey" comes from a description of the Promised Land in the Old Testament Book of Numbers 16:13.
6. In English, what do ljus, stearinlys, bougie, Kerze, coinneal, vela, and lumânare mean?

Answer: Candle

Ljuts is the Swedish word for candle, as is stearinlys in Danish, bougie in French, Kerze in German, coinneal in Irish, vela in Spanish and lumânare in Romanian. The Old English candel was borrowed from the Ecclesiastical Latin candela which was formed from the Latin verb candere which means to shine. Interestingly, the Arabic is Arabic qandil. "To burn a candle at both ends" originates in 1730 but culminates in Edna St. Vincent Millay's 1918 poem: "My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - It gives a lovely light!"
7. What do poststempel, timbro postale, pasta zimogs, carimbo postal, and matasellos mean in English?

Answer: Postmark

Poststempel is the Danish, Dutch, Norwegian and Afrikaans word for postmark, as is timbro postale in Italian, pasta zimogs in Latvian, carimbo postal in Portuguese and matasellos in Spanish. The Modern English word postmark is a compound noun. Since the 16th century, post has been associated with the physical delivery of messages. Mark, in the sense of a sign on a boundary, dates from the Old English and has grown to mean an impression drawn or printed. The modern sense of postmark is an overprinting which cancels the value/utility of a postage stamp once it has been used.
8. What is the English meaning of inyoka, thueban, slange, Schlange, slang and serpiente?

Answer: Snake

Inyoka is the Zulu word for snake, as is thueban in Arabic, slange in Danish, Schlange in German, slang in both Dutch and Norwegian, and serpiente in Spanish. The Old English noun snaca derived from the Old Norse snakr and perhaps the Old German Schnake.

In terms of modern usage, snake has gained the popularity which serpent has lost. "Snake in the grass" dates from 37 BC: "Latet anguis in herba." Virgil, Eclogues, Book III, line 93.
9. Can you translate trigo, grano, vete, hvede, and triticum into English?

Answer: Wheat

Trigo is the Galician, Portuguese, Spanish and Filipino word for wheat, as is grano in Italian, vete in Swedish, hvede in Danish and triticum in Latin. The noun wheat entered Old English as hweate from several Proto-Germanic languages. All of those words have some connection with the colour white, as well.

This is perhaps in reference to the colour of ground wheat flour. The trademarked name "Wheaties" was not patented until 1925.
10. What is the English translation of festa, fiesta, ferie, dovolenka, feriado and argía?

Answer: Holiday

The Catalan and Galician word for holiday is festa, as is fiesta in Spanish, ferie in Danish and Norwegian, dovolenka in Slovak, feriado in Portuguese and argía in Greek. The Modern English noun holiday derives directly from the Old English halidaeg meaning holy day in the sense of an occasion of religious observance.

The use of the term diverged, especially in British English, to mean any sort of occasion for time off from work and for vacationing. This is often expressed as being "on holiday" or "on holidays." The noun has also been (barbarically) verbed; "to holiday" means to enjoyably pass vacation days.
Source: Author FatherSteve

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