Diversity Quiz #1 - Questions and 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.

 Diversity Quiz #1 - Questions

  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 #1 - Answers

  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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