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Test your knowledge of word origins.

Points available: 10

1:

What is the original meaning of the term 'beefeater'?

  • A) gin
  • B) a carnivore
  • C) a well fed servant
  • D) an overweight person
2:

What is the original meaning of the term 'bimbo'?

  • A) baby
  • B) promiscuos
  • C) superficial
  • D) unintelligent
3:

Which of the following is not an original meaning of the term 'bizarre'?

  • A) angry
  • B) beard
  • C) handsome
  • D) brave
4:

Which of the following is not an original meaning of the term 'blockbuster'?

  • A) a bomb
  • B) a huge success
  • C) to destroy
  • D) a bully
5:

What is the original meaning of the term 'nag'?

  • A) an old woman
  • B) a widow
  • C) an old horse
  • D) an annoyance
6:

What is the original meaning of the term 'naive'?

  • A) predictable
  • B) natural
  • C) careless
  • D) dumb
7:

What term does the word 'cabbage' come from?

  • A) purple
  • B) vegetable
  • C) water
  • D) head
8:

What did the word 'alcohol' originally mean?

  • A) powder
  • B) evil spirit
  • C) ripe crop
  • D) liquid
9:

The word 'asthma' in English would translate as what in Latin?

  • A) air
  • B) oppression
  • C) lungs
  • D) numbness
10:

The word 'gift' came from the word 'asgift,' which meant a payment for what?

  • A) food
  • B) land
  • C) a wife
  • D) livestock