Etymologically speaking!!

21 Jun

Today we are going to present a set of 10 questions related with etymology.We believe that etymology provides the most interesting sets of questions because they are derivable.Try not to google and please leave your answers as comments.Now you can even log in through your facebook account.

Q.1 During the time of the Crusades the members of a certain secret Muslim sect engaged people to terrorise their Christian enemies by performing murders as a religious duty. These acts were carried out under the influence hashish.This has given rise to which English word?

Q.2 This word  first appeared in English in the late 16th century, just in time for Shakespeare to use the word in the play King Lear. It arrived by way of an Old Italian word  which meant “unfavorable to one’s stars.”This older, astrological sense of this word becomes easier to understand when we study its Latin root word, astrum, which also appears in our modern “star” word astronomy. With the negative Latin prefix added to astrum(“star”), the word  conveyed the idea that a catastrophe could be traced to the “evil influence of a star or planet”.Which word are we talking about?

Q.3 This word evolved from the Arabic al zahr, which means the dice. In Western Europe the term came to be associated with a number of games using dice, which were learned during the Crusades whilst in the Holy Land. The term eventually took on the connotation of danger because, from very early on, games using dice were associated with the risky business of gambling and con artists using corrupted dice.Which word are we talking about?

Q.4 This word Originated when a ship arriving in port was suspected of being infected with a malignant, contagious disease, its cargo and crew were obliged to forego all contact with the shore for a period of around forty days. This practice gave birth to a word which meant forty in French.Which word are we talking about?

Hint:many a time your anti virus software uses this term(it actually asks your permission to do it)

Q.5 This word Originally meant “placed on the knees.” In Ancient Rome, a father legally claimed his newborn child by sitting in front of his family and placing his child on his knee.Which word are we talking about?

Q.6 This word is borrowed from latin, meaning liquid. The ancient philosophers believed that four liquids(or X) entered into the makeup of our bodies, and that our temperament  was determined by the proportions of these four fluids, which they listed as blood, phlegm, bile, and black bile. If you had a overplus of blood,you were of the optimistic and sanguine temperament (latin sanguis, blood). A generous portion of phlegm, on the other hand made you “phlegmatic”, or slow and unexciteable. Too much yellow bile and you saw the world through a “bilious” eye , and since the word “bile” is chole in Latin, you were apt to be choleric and short tempered. The fourth , the non-existent black bile, was a little special invention of the ancient physiologists. A too heavy proportion of this made you “melancholy,” for in latin melancholia meant ” the state of having too much black bile.” Any imbalance of these X, therefore made a person unwell and perhaps eccentric, and, as the years went by, the word X took on the meaning of “oddness,” and a X man was one that we now call a crank. And finally the word was applied to those who could provoke laughter at the oddities and the incongruities of life.Which word are we talking about?

Hint:Navjot Sidhu might know a lot about it

Q.7 This word originally had nothing to do with marital status.This word Comes from the Old German words which mean “house” and “owner,” respectively. It was just the fact that home ownership made X extremely desirable marriage partners.Id. this word which now is almost synonymous with suffering.(joking)

Q.8 This word has meant various thing over a period of time.This is what it has meant as time progressed

“ignorant”——–“foolish”————“foolishly precise” ———— “pedantically precise”————-“Good”

Which word are we talking about?

Q.9 After large parts of Slavonia (the current Yugoslavian Federation province of Serbia, as well as portions of surrounding countries) were subjugated by the Holy Roman Empire in the Middle Ages,this word  became synonymous with someone who lived in servitude.Id. the word?

Q.10 From 1550 to 1675 this word  was “very extensively” used in the sense of deserving of pity and compassion, helpless. It is a derivative of a Middle English word  from the German “selig,” meaning happy, blissful, blessed, as well as punctual, observant of season.Which is this harmless word we are talking about?

Answer:assassin,disaster,hazard,quarantine,genuine,humor,husband,nice, slave, silly

For answer hold left click of your mouse and scratch ahead of Answer


Posted by on June 21, 2011 in DAILY DOSES


2 responses to “Etymologically speaking!!

  1. Ceona

    June 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    humor,husband,nice, slave, silly
    (quarantine, disaster and slave were the easiest) 😛


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