10 most difficult etymology riddlesEtymology quiz
What is the literal meaning of the word mammoth in Siberian languages?
The word mammoth comes from the mythology of the Siberian peoples who believed they lived underground - as dead ones were found in the ground from time to time.
After whom was the Canadian province of Alberta named?
Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria
Princess Luisa Carolina Alberta Windsor
The princess was the wife of the Marquis John Campbell, the governor of Canada.They lived in 1878-1883 in Louiseville, in a province named in her honor.
What nationality was Martin Van Buren?
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. 'Van' suggests Dutch origin of his surname, but the capitalized form indicates anglicised version - like Eddie Van Halen (as opposite to Dutch lower-case Vincent van Gogh).
What is the origin of the name of the Tyrrhenian Sea?
phrase "Terra Incognita"
name of Etruscans
phrase "Terra Romano"
The cities of Tyr
The Tyrrhenian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy. It is named for the Tyrrhenian people, identified since the 6th century BCE with the Etruscans of Italy.
What is the origin of the dance name "Foxtrot"?
it resembled a fox's attack because the tempo of steps based on syncopated counting slow-slow-fast-f
it was one of the smoothier dances and it resembled a sneaking fox
it originates from the actor's Harry Fox last name
it introduced trotting steps
Harry Fox has indeed introduced trotting steps to this dance. Originally, the foxtrot was supposed to be a simple, smooth and relaxation giving dance. After years, it has become very technical, and today is called "the world's hardest stroll".
Who coined the term "Bermuda Triangle"?
The phrase "Bermuda Triangle" was first used by Vincent Gaddis in the cover article for the 1964 February issue of the magazine Argosy. His stories and statements on the Bermuda Triangle have been criticized for being inaccurate and misleading. He has also drawn strong criticism for ignoring possible natural explanations and inventing mysteries where none exist.
What are the descendants of Indians, white, black and yellow ancestors?
Pardo is a term used in the Portuguese and Spanish colonies in the Americas to refer to the multiracial descendants of Europeans, Indigenous Americans, South Asians, and West Africans. The term "pardo" is more commonly used to refer to mixed-race Brazilians, individuals with varied racial ancestries.
What does the Japanese word "tsunami" mean?
A tsunami is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water, generally in an ocean or a large lake. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions have the potential to generate a tsunami. The word originated in Japan, and is a combination of two words: tsu (which means "harbor") and nami (which means "wave").
What does the word "virus" mean?
The word is from the Latin neuter vīrus referring to poison and other noxious liquids, from 'the same Indo-European base as Sanskrit viṣa poison, Avestan vīša poison, ancient Greek ἰός poison', first attested in English in 1398 in John Trevisa's translation of Bartholomeus Anglicus's De Proprietatibus Rerum. Virulent, from Latin virulentus (poisonous), dates to c. 1400.