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Various names falling into different categories are given, including countries, cities, chemical elements, inventions, band names, concepts and sports. Can you match them up with the explanations of their etymological origins?
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The name of a Scandinavian memory-based board game that means 'Do you remember?'
Inspired by a French fashion magazine of the same name
Comes from a line in the book 'Prisoners of Pain' by American psychologist Arthur Janov
The name of a 1971 film, in which George C. Scott plays a man who believes he is Sherlock Holmes
From a line in the David Bowie song 'Jean Genie'
Means 'inactive' (literally 'slow') in ancient Greek
From the Greek 'ἰώδης' which means 'violet'
From Latin name, 'plumbum', hence the English word 'plumbing'
Possibly derived from the ancient Greek 'kύπριος', which in turn comes from 'Κύπρος', the Greek name for Cyprus
Derived from the Greek 'ὕδωρ γείνομαι', meaning 'Ι beget water'
From the Portuguese for 'Bearded Ones'
'Depths' in Spanish
From the Spanish for 'Little Venice'
From an Iroquoian word for 'village'
'People of the Ten Arrows' in Turkic
Most likely from Anglo-French 'tenetz', meaning 'hold! / receive! / take!'
From the name of an English public school
Named after the Gloucestershire estate of the Duke of Beaufort
From the Japanese for 'empty hand'
From an Old French word for 'goal post' or 'stick'
Derived from Arabic الخرطوم 'Al-Jartūm' meaning 'end of an elephant's trunk'
From Celtic 'Vindobona' (vindo 'white' + bona 'foundation, fort')
From Ancient Greek 'Σόφια', meaning 'Wisdom'
Derived from Sanskrit 'सिंहपुरं' 'Simhapuram' meaning 'Lion City'
'Crocodile River' in the Bambara language
Named for an Italian scientist born in 1737
Named for a French chemist born in 1822
Named for an Italian statesman born in 1469
Named for a US-based scientist born in Belgium in 1863
Named for a Hungarian journalist born in 1899
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