quizballs 184 - diversity/words quiz 2 - questions without answers
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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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quizballs 184 - free language diversity and general knowledge questions for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
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.
- Love it or hate it food brand originally an earthenware cooking-pot?
- Crazy, derived from a bovine/equine disease?
- Subject of Himalayan cryptozoology?
- Enthusiastic or enthusiasm, from military use and original meaning 'work together'?
- Celebratory or entertainment gathering or event, typically a suffix for words like film, book, arts, etc?
- High performance, notably of cars?
- Audacity or boldness, usually shameless, a word with Aramaic roots?
- Official person or body responsible for investigating complaints?
- Common sense or intellect, from a language ironically used jokingly to describe nonsense or the impossible to understand?
- Revived soulless corpse or mindless unresponsive person?
- A moving marker, especially digital, orginally runner or messenger?
- Low bed or mattress?
- (Take a) look (at something), typically "Let's have a .... at that", originally British army slang?
- Sour bacterial fermentation of milk?
- Spiritual teacher or expert mentor?
- Distinguished and sometimes self-important female singer?
- Inspirational aura or personality (of a person)?
- Long course bathsponge?
- 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)?
quizballs 184 - free quiz answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes