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Word Origins: JEOPARDY! Edition
Can you name the progressively harder questions from the category Word Origins on the television show Jeopardy?
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These questions start easy ($200 level) but get tougher as they go (Final Jeopardy). All of these questions are taken from the show. You do not have to enter WHAT IS before your response. Good luck!
This part of an egg gets its name from the Old English for 'yellow'
The name of this reference book has the same roots as 'treasure'--& don't give us a synonym for it
Once a carnival performer who bit the heads off chickens, today it often refers to a computer nerd
Not to skirt the issue, but the name of this Scottish garment goes back to Middle English
The Old Norse word 'vindauga' gave us this pane-ful word for an opening in a wall
The name of this manual computing device is from the Greek abax, or 'counting board'
This word for a self-service restaurant evolved from the Spanish for 'coffee shop'
discjockey101.com says this term for rap music & culture came from DJs jumping between turntables
This word for a long-noosed rope used to catch cattle & horses is from the Spanish la reata, 'the rope'
The word 'drama' comes from the Greek for this verb, which as a noun also means one section of a drama
This term for one who willfully destroys another's property comes from the name of a Germanic tribe
The opposite of nadir, it's from the Arabic for 'road above'
The name of this fine, soft leather is the French word for Sweden; Sweden was famous for gloves made of it
The name of this ballroom dance with gliding turns comes from German for 'roll' or 'turn'
Used to describe stately mansions of the old south, it's from the Latin for 'before the war'
This insect's name is derived from the superstition that it enters a sleeping person's aural organs
The general agreement is that this word meaning a majority of opinion is from the Latin for 'to feel together'
This term for a minor engagement in war traces its origins back to the old Italian word scaramuccia
The name of this musical instrument comes from Greek words for 'wood' and 'voice'
This name for a type of flask invented by James Dewar in 1892 became a trademark
My gardener told me we don't need to plant; all my flowers are this type, from the Latin for 'through the year'
This word for the art & science of good eating goes back to Greek for 'belly'
From the Latin for 'to come to mind', it's a memento that you might buy as a reminder of a place you visited
This word for a blob or lump, perhaps of whipped cream, may come from dolpur, Icelandic for 'fat man'
The name of this type of aircraft is from 2 Greek words meaning 'spiral wing'
This term for a novice or beginner is from Latin & Greek for 'newly planted'
From the Latin for 'much writing', it's another name for a lie detector test
The French for 'to throw' gives us this word for a pier
This word came from a European people who were often conquered & in servitude during the Middle Ages
From the Italian for 'of a cave', this adjective today refers to anything strange or ugly
This term for a leading character of a literary work comes from the Greek for 'first combatant'
A type of ear implant to help the deaf, it's from the Greek for 'snail'
Meaning to ascribe predetermined characteristics, this word comes from a printing process using metal plates
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