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Quiz about Its All Greek To Me
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It's All Greek To Me! Trivia Quiz


A light-hearted quiz on some Modern Greek words and phrases.

A multiple-choice quiz by gtho4. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
gtho4
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
52,514
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
5
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
3 / 5
Plays
3572
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 5
1. The alarm rings, you race downstairs and greet the other members of your family with the word or phrase "kalimera". What have you said? Hint


Question 2 of 5
2. The most commonly used Greek word for breakfast is "proino".


Question 3 of 5
3. The word "Philadelphia" is derived from two Greek words.


Question 4 of 5
4. Etymology: the roots of the English word "hippopotamus" are Greek.


Question 5 of 5
5. Quote: "Those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but for mine own part, it was Greek to me." This line is from which Shakespearean tragedy? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The alarm rings, you race downstairs and greet the other members of your family with the word or phrase "kalimera". What have you said?

Answer: Good morning!

As kids mum'd give us a clout over the ear if we were uncivil.
2. The most commonly used Greek word for breakfast is "proino".

Answer: True

The Greek language, just like the English language and almost all others, is full of synonyms.
3. The word "Philadelphia" is derived from two Greek words.

Answer: True

The word "Philadelphia" is derived from "philos" (friend) and "adelphos" (brother) hence, Philly, the city of brotherly love.
4. Etymology: the roots of the English word "hippopotamus" are Greek.

Answer: True

"(h)ippo" is the Ancient Greek word for "horse", and "po-ta-mos" is the Greek word for "river", hence hippopotamus - "horse of the river", an animal that spends most of its day having a bath in a river.
5. Quote: "Those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but for mine own part, it was Greek to me." This line is from which Shakespearean tragedy?

Answer: Julius Caesar

In an earlier work another Elizabethan playwright, Thomas Dekker, had used a similar phrase: "I'll be sworn he knows not so much as one character of the tongue. Why, then it's Greek to him." There is a Medieval Latin proverb 'Graecum est, non potest legi' (It is Greek, it cannot be read). The Spanish version of this proverb is "hablar en griego", which is commonly said to be the origin of the word gringo, so somebody who is called a gringo is literally accused of speaking Greek and hence being unintelligible.
(see www.quinion.com)
Source: Author gtho4

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