Are You A Word Etymology Expert?

Do you think you know the origin of these words better than most? Do you fancy yourself to be a word etymology expert or does your English fall flat? Let's find out!
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True or false: The word "booze" emanates from the 14th century word "bouse."
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True or false: The word "algebra" didn't appear until the 18th century in Britain.
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True or false: The word bacon is derived from teh German word "bacho" meaning "buttock."
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True or false: The word Geek dates back to 1492 in Spain.
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True or false: As early as the 1600s, the word plastic was used to describe something that was easily malleable.
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True or false: The word used to describe the sport "cricket" is derived from the Old Italian word "kricke."
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True or false: The word "common" is derived from the Old French "Comun."
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True or false: The word "manifest" is from the 14th century word "manifeste."
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True or false: The word "paddle" was first used in the 1700s in Philadelphia. Many attribute the word to Washington and his infamous crossing of the Delaware.
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True or false: The word "Tablespoon" first originated in 1793 to describe a spoon used in table serving.
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Result
While you may not know word etymology well, you're eager to learn! There is no failure in trying. After all, you likely learned something new just by taking this quiz. In that, there is only win!

C+, Word Etymology Eager

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Based on the results of this quiz, you sure are word etymology wise! You were able to break down each of these words to their most basic origin. Because of this, you knew just about every question on this tricky quiz. Well done!

B+, Word Etymology Wise

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are a true word etymology quiz! While anyone can claim to be a whiz when it comes to the origins of some of the most common words in the English language, you actually are! You know that often discovering word origin comes from being able to decipher the origin of the prefix itself. Well done!

C+, Word Etymology Whiz

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1
True or false: The word "booze" emanates from the 14th century word "bouse."
True
False
2
True or false: The word "algebra" didn't appear until the 18th century in Britain.
True
False
3
True or false: The word bacon is derived from teh German word "bacho" meaning "buttock."
True
False
4
True or false: The word Geek dates back to 1492 in Spain.
True
False
5
True or false: As early as the 1600s, the word plastic was used to describe something that was easily malleable.
True
False
6
True or false: The word used to describe the sport "cricket" is derived from the Old Italian word "kricke."
True
False
7
True or false: The word "common" is derived from the Old French "Comun."
True
False
8
True or false: The word "manifest" is from the 14th century word "manifeste."
True
False
9
True or false: The word "paddle" was first used in the 1700s in Philadelphia. Many attribute the word to Washington and his infamous crossing of the Delaware.
True
False
10
True or false: The word "Tablespoon" first originated in 1793 to describe a spoon used in table serving.
True
False