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 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.
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 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).
Where does the name of the Russian currency come from - the ruble?
from the red color
from a two-headed eagle
from notches on the edge
The word "ruble" comes from the verb meaning "break" and refers to the Middle Ages, when pieces of silver were broken into smaller ones when changing money. The ruble was the world's first decimal currency: it was decimalised in 1704 when the ruble became legally equal to 100 kopeks.
What did the first Spanish conquerors expect to find in Argentina?
The country name is derived from the Latin argentum (silver - Ag). La Plata Basin (literally "Silver river") does not have any sources of silver, but the first Spaniards arrived to the area following rumors of the existence of silver mountains.
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".
Where does English horn (cor anglais) come from?
The instrument was created by the Weigel family about 1720. Since it resembled the horns played by angels in religious images, it was called engellisches Horn, meaning angelic horn. But engellisch also meant English.