English Word Etymology Quiz

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What is etymology?

The study of word origins.

What percentage of foreign words in English come from France?

Approximately 29%.

What is the origin of the word 'blare'?

Middle Dutch word 'blaren' that means to shout.

What is the root language for the word 'circle'?

Latin and Greek.

What does the Latin word 'fortis' mean?


How many new words and phrases does the Oxford English Dictionary add in one year?

Around 500.

Study Notes

Etymology and Language Origins

  • Etymology is the study of the origin and history of words and how their meanings have changed over time.

French Influence on English

  • Approximately 30% of foreign words in English come from France.

Word Origins

  • The word 'blare' originated from the Old English word 'blæran', meaning 'to shine' or 'to gleam', which is related to the Modern English word 'blear'.

Latin Roots

  • The word 'circle' comes from the Latin root 'circulus', meaning 'ring' or 'ring-shaped'.

Latin Vocabulary

  • The Latin word 'fortis' means 'strong' or 'brave'.

Language Evolution

  • The Oxford English Dictionary adds around 1,000 new words and phrases every year, reflecting the dynamic nature of the English language.

Test your knowledge on the origin of English words with this quiz! Discover interesting facts about how words in the English language have evolved from different languages throughout history.

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