What Is The Origin Of These 12 Common English Words?

Word origins aren't always cut and dry. Do you think you've got what it takes to determine the origin of these 12 common English words? Take this quiz and find out!
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The word "salary" originated with _____.
A French word meaning "compensation"
A Latin word meaning "salt money"
A German word meaning "what is due"
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Though the English word stomach derives from a Greek word stoma, that Greek word stoma itself does not mean stomach but:______________.
Mouth
Intestine
Belly
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The word "curfew" originated with _____.
A Spanish phrase meaning "dog"
An Italian phrase meaning "deadline"
A French phrase meaning "cover the fire"
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From which language did the English borrow the word poltergeist?
Dutch
German
Norwegian
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Which of these everyday words was borrowed into English from Latin?
Fork
Spoon
Knife
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The word "gossip" originated with _____.
An Old English word meaning "godparent"
A French word meaning "woman's talk"
A Spanish word meaning "speech"
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The word "ketchup" originated with _____.
An Old English term meaning "beet sauce"
An Italian term meaning "tomato sauce"
A Chinese term meaning "fish sauce"
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The word tomato has been in English since the 1600s. Which language was it borrowed from?
Portugese
Narragansett
Spanish
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Which of the following is a borrowing from Italian?
Aficionado
Macaroni
Office
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The word "ballot" originated with _____.
A Spanish term for "choice"
An Italian term for "small ball or pebble"
A Latin term for "leather bag"
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The word "hazard" originated with _____.
An Arabic term meaning "dice"
A Chinese word meaning "final act"
A Japanese word meaning "useless part"
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It’s a traditional part of the British breakfast today, but which language was marmalade borrowed into English from?
Portugese
French
German
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1
The word "salary" originated with _____.
A French word meaning "compensation"
A Latin word meaning "salt money"
A German word meaning "what is due"
2
Though the English word stomach derives from a Greek word stoma, that Greek word stoma itself does not mean stomach but:______________.
Mouth
Intestine
Belly
3
The word "curfew" originated with _____.
A Spanish phrase meaning "dog"
An Italian phrase meaning "deadline"
A French phrase meaning "cover the fire"
4
From which language did the English borrow the word poltergeist?
Dutch
German
Norwegian
5
Which of these everyday words was borrowed into English from Latin?
Fork
Spoon
Knife
6
The word "gossip" originated with _____.
An Old English word meaning "godparent"
A French word meaning "woman's talk"
A Spanish word meaning "speech"
7
The word "ketchup" originated with _____.
An Old English term meaning "beet sauce"
An Italian term meaning "tomato sauce"
A Chinese term meaning "fish sauce"
8
The word tomato has been in English since the 1600s. Which language was it borrowed from?
Portugese
Narragansett
Spanish
9
Which of the following is a borrowing from Italian?
Aficionado
Macaroni
Office
10
The word "ballot" originated with _____.
A Spanish term for "choice"
An Italian term for "small ball or pebble"
A Latin term for "leather bag"
11
The word "hazard" originated with _____.
An Arabic term meaning "dice"
A Chinese word meaning "final act"
A Japanese word meaning "useless part"
12
It’s a traditional part of the British breakfast today, but which language was marmalade borrowed into English from?
Portugese
French
German