Diversity Quiz #3
Diversity Quiz #3 - 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 #3 - QuestionsÂ
- Dust or camouflage colour or material?
- Specialized raiding party soldier?
- Fondness for travel?
- View, and replacement windows?
- Cross symbol with loop for top element?
- Returning hunting weapon?
- Business magnate, originally 'great prince'?
- Gambling house?
- Hot Indian curry thought to refer originally to 'wine garlic sauce'?
- Popular animated movie and personal web pic?
- Dance event or nightclub?
- The Virgin Mary?
- Firm imposed instruction or resolution?
- Whirlpool or great turbulence?
- Vast Arctic mashlands with underlying permafrost?
- Racial segregation?
- Small one-person closed watertight canoe?
- Small four-stringed guitar?
- Unexpected good fortune or prosperous success?
Diversity Quiz #3 - Answers
- Dust or camouflage colour or material?Â Khaki - UrduÂ (official language of Pakistan - also ancient in India, influenced by Persian and Arabic - Khaki derives originally from kak, Persian for dust)
- Specialized raiding party soldier?Â Commando - PortugueseÂ (originally referred to Boers in S Africa)
- Fondness for travel?Â Wanderlust - German
- View, and replacement windows?Â Vista - ItalianÂ (meaning view, from visto, seen - Vista was also a not especially successful replacement for Microsoft's Windows computer operating system)
- Slaughterhouse?Â Abattoir - FrenchÂ (from abbattre, meaning to fell or cut down)
- Cross symbol with loop for top element?Â Ankh - EgyptianÂ (meaning life or soul - the symbol resembles a person)
- Returning hunting weapon?Â Boomerang - AboriginalÂ (native Australian)
- Business magnate, originally 'great prince'?Â Tycoon - JapaneseÂ (came into Japanese from Chinese 'da jun')
- Gambling house?Â Casino - ItalianÂ (originally a public meeting room or summer house)
- Hot Indian curry thought to refer originally to 'wine garlic sauce'?Â Vindaloo - PortugueseÂ (probably from 'vin d'alho', wine and garlic [sauce])
- Popular animated movie and personal web pic?Â Avatar - SanskritÂ (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 - Avatar meant originally away and pass over, and more recently means embodiment)
- Dance event or nightclub?Â DiscoÂ or fullyÂ Discotheque - FrenchÂ (originally referred to a record library)
- The Virgin Mary?Â Madonna - ItalianÂ (meaning 'my lady')
- Firm imposed instruction or resolution?Â Diktat - German
- Whirlpool or great turbulence?Â Maelstrom - DutchÂ (from maalen, grind or whirl around)
- Vast Arctic mashlands with underlying permafrost?Â Tundra - LappishÂ (Lapps - now called Sami or Saami - are the indigenous people from the extreme north of Europe including parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, a region referred to now as SÃ¡pmi)
- Racial segregation?Â Apartheid - AfrikaansÂ (or more loosely and slightly less correctly South African, it means literally 'apart-hood')
- Small one-person closed watertight canoe?Â Kayak - InuitÂ (or less politically correct, Eskimo)
- Small four-stringed guitar?Â Ukulele - HawaiianÂ (it means 'jumping flea')
- Unexpected good fortune or prosperous success?Â Bonanza - SpanishÂ (technically US-Spanish - originally meaning fair weather or prosperity)
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