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This quiz illustrates the diversity of the English-speaking world. The words in the answers came into the English language from different languages. They reflect cultural diversity - people of different nationalities and ethnicities, etc., mixing together, and often adopting cultural behaviours as well as the language.

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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.


  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)?


See also:

Quizballs 182 diversity/words general knowledge quiz 1

Quizballs 185 diversity/words general knowledge quiz 3


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