Diversity Quiz

Two answers are required for each question -

  • the 'non-English' word that was adopted into English, and
  • the language from which it came (directly into English)

How many do you know? Some of the source languages are surprising.

 

  1. Love it or hate it food brand originally an earthenware cooking-pot?
  2. Crazy, derived from a bovine/equine disease?
  3. Subject of Himalayan cryptozoology?
  4. Enthusiastic or enthusiasm, from military use and original meaning 'work together'?
  5. Celebratory or entertainment gathering or event, typically a suffix for words like film, book, arts, etc?
  6. Prohibition?
  7. High performance, notably of cars?
  8. Audacity or boldness, usually shameless, a word with Aramaic roots?
  9. Official person or body responsible for investigating complaints?
  10. Common sense or intellect, from a language ironically used jokingly to describe nonsense or the impossible to understand?
  11. Revived soulless corpse or mindless unresponsive person?
  12. A moving marker, especially digital, orginally runner or messenger?
  13. Low bed or mattress?
  14. (Take a) look (at something), typically "Let's have a .... at that", originally British army slang?
  15. Sour bacterial fermentation of milk?
  16. Spiritual teacher or expert mentor?
  17. Distinguished and sometimes self-important female singer?
  18. Inspirational aura or personality (of a person)?
  19. Long course bathsponge?
  20. Old woman or grandmother, also obscurely a headscarf, and (slightly misspelled) hit song for artist whose name is actually in the word (bonus point for artist name)?

Diversity Quiz Answers

Two answers are required for each question -

  • the 'non-English' word that was adopted into English, and
  • the language from which it came (directly into English)

How many do you know? Some of the source languages are surprising.

 

  1. Love it or hate it food brand originally an earthenware cooking-pot? Marmite - French(hence the cooking-pot logo)
  2. Crazy, derived from a bovine/equine disease? Loco- Spanish (south west USA - the name for the plant Astragalas and illness due to eating it)
  3. Subject of Himalayan cryptozoology? Yeti - Tibetan (from original yeh-teh, meaning small manlike animal - cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals whose existence is not proven)
  4. Enthusiastic or enthusiasm, from military use and original meaning 'work together'? Gung-ho - Chinese
  5. Celebratory or entertainment gathering or event, typically a suffix for words like film, book, arts, etc? Fest - German
  6. Prohibition? Embargo - Spanish (from root meaning originally arrest or impede)
  7. High performance, notably of cars? GT/Gran Turismo - Italian
  8. Audacity or boldness, usually shameless, a word with Aramaic roots? Chutzpah - Yiddish (or and equating to European-German Jewish - incidentally Aramaic refers to the ancient and nowadays small minority Jewish language and people of the near east and Syria)
  9. Official person or body responsible for investigating complaints? Ombudsman - Swedish (Adopted initially into English by UK parliamentary language, it means legal representative in Swedish)
  10. Common sense or intellect, from a language ironically used jokingly to describe nonsense or the impossible to understand? Nous - Greek
  11. Revived soulless corpse or mindless unresponsive person? Zombie - Bantu (or acceptably also West African or Haitian)
  12. A moving marker, especially digital, orginally runner or messenger? Cursor - Latin
  13. Low bed or mattress? Futon - Japanese
  14. (Take a) look (at something), typically "Let's have a .... at that", originally British army slang? Dekko - Hindustani
  15. Sour bacterial fermentation of milk? Yoghurt - Turkish (or Yogurt/Yoghourt, from original yogurt in Turkish)
  16. Spiritual teacher or expert mentor? Guru - Sanskrit (less correctly 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)
  17. Distinguished and sometimes self-important female singer? Diva - Italian (from Latin meaning goddess)
  18. Inspirational aura or personality (of a person)? Charisma - Latin (technically ecclesiastical Latin.. more about the 'science' of charisma)
  19. Long course bathsponge? Loofah - Arabic (name extending to lufa plant and luf species - a tropical gourd - a loofah is its dried vascular system, technically speaking)
  20. Old woman or grandmother, also obscurely a headscarf, and (slightly misspelled) hit song for artist whose name is actually in the word (bonus point for artist name)? Babushka - Russian (Kate Bush wrote and sang the 1980 hit song Babooshka)


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