Diversity Quiz

For each question, what is the 'non-English' word that was adopted into English, from the source language(s) shown:

  1. Forbidden, unmentionable - from Tongan?
  2. Mountain guide, and 1975 British Leyland van brand, later the Leyland Daf Pilot - from Tibetan?
  3. Seasonal South Asia wind and accompanying rainfall - from Dutch?
  4. Long wrap-around skirt meaning sheath or quiver - from Malay?
  5. Clumsy awkward person, whose earlier root gave us also 'clot' in English - from Yiddish?
  6. Variety (of choices) - from Swedish?
  7. The same (not the same as the question above, simply, 'the same') - from Italian?
  8. The phonetic neutral vowel sound shown as ə - like the 'eh' at the end of 'sofa' and the start of 'along' (whose symbol is an inverted 'e') - from German - and bonus point - a different word meaning the same thing from Hebrew instead?
  9. Ghost or spirit, typically unseen and moving things - from German?
  10. Isolation, quarantine, or secrecy - from Persian/Urdu?
  11. Beer brewed for storing/keeping - from German?
  12. Long story - from Old Norse?
  13. Massacre of an ethnic group - from Russian/Yiddish?
  14. Joy in the misfortune of others - from German?
  15. Courage - from a rude Spanish metaphor?
  16. Group journey in specific continent - from Kiswahili?
  17. Hot steam bath - from Finnish?
  18. Happiness or blissful death through elightenment (literally 'blowing out') - from Sanskrit?
  19. Soft leather heelless shoe whose sole is upturned to form sides - from Virginian Algonquian?
  20. Military ruler, and Mitsubishi 4x4 - from Japanese?

Diversity Quiz Answers

  1. Forbidden, unmentionable - from Tongan? Taboo (originally tabu - referring to sacred custom)
  2. Mountain guide, and 1975 British Leyland van brand, later the Leyland Daf Pilot - from Tibetan? Sherpa
  3. Seasonal South Asia wind and accompanying rainfall - from Dutch? Monsoon (from early modern Dutch monssoen)
  4. Long wrap-around skirt meaning sheath or quiver - from Malay? Sarong
  5. Clumsy awkward person, whose earlier root gave us also 'clot' in English - from Yiddish? Klutz (Yiddish loosely equates to European-German Jewish)
  6. Variety (of choices) - from Swedish? Smorgasbord (a buffet of Scandinavian delicacies - smorgas = slice of)
  7. The same (not the same as the question above, simply, 'the same') - from Italian? Ditto(earlier from Latin dictus, 'said')
  8. The phonetic neutral vowel sound shown as ə - like the 'eh' at the end of 'sofa' and the start of 'along' (whose symbol is an inverted 'e') - from German - and bonus point - a different word for the same thing from Hebrew instead? Schwa - (German) - Sheva(Hebrew)
  9. Ghost or spirit, typically unseen and moving things - from German? Poltergeist (from root meanings make noise and ghost)
  10. Isolation, quarantine, or secrecy - from Persian/Urdu? Purdah (originally a veil or curtain to screen women from men/strangers)
  11. Beer brewed for storing/keeping - from German? Lager (originally lager-bier - lager = storehouse)
  12. Long story - from Old Norse? Saga
  13. Massacre of an ethnic group - from Russian/Yiddish? Pogrom (the word referred originally to Russian massacre of Jewish people)
  14. Joy in the misfortune of others - from German? Schadenfreude (from the root word meanings harm and joy)
  15. Courage - from a rude Spanish metaphor? Cojones (pronounced 'co-honez' - meaning testicles)
  16. Group journey in specific continent - from Kiswahili? Safari (Kiswahili is East African)
  17. Hot steam bath - from Finnish? Sauna
  18. Happiness or blissful death through elightenment (literally 'blowing out') - from Sanskrit? Nirvana (less correctly from Indian or Hindu - Sanskrit is the ancient Indo-European language, used in Indian Hindu and classical writings, which persists today in Indian religious and scholarly work - Nirvana meant in Sanskrit 'blowing out [destructive feelings such as greed and hatred]')
  19. Soft leather heelless shoe whose sole is upturned to form sides - from Virginian Algonquian? Moccasin (also from other Native American Indian languages)
  20. Military ruler, and Mitsubishi 4x4 - from Japanese? Shogun


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