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The English Language Quiz

You may speak English, but what do you really know about the language? 10 Questions.

 
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1

Old English was essentially a spoken Germanic language, so from which language did English get its grammar and script?

  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Latin

2

The English language is full of borrowed words from other languages, but from which language are the words, skirt, whisk and school borrowed?

  • French
  • Latin
  • German
  • Old Norse

3

What is the study of the origin of words called?

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4

The word bonk entered the English language during the Second World War, but what did it mean?

  • To hit a person on the head
  • To get intimate
  • To shell with artillery
  • To hit an object with a hammer

5

If you are leaning on a gunwale, where are you?

  • On a boat or ship
  • On a train
  • In a fort
  • In the trenches

6

The word Cornwall translates in Old English as the 'Corn Welsh'. But what does the word Welsh mean?

  • Briton
  • Westerner
  • Foreigner and slave
  • Celt

7

Very few words in the English language today derive from Brythonic Celtic, the language of the ancient Britons. Can you spot the Celtic word in the list below?

  • Crag
  • Thwaite
  • Peasant
  • Gaol

8

From which language do the words army, soldier, and guard derive?

  • Italian
  • Old Norse
  • German
  • French

9

After 1066, England became a French speaking country. Who was the next king of England to speak English as a mother tongue?

  • Richard the Lionheart
  • Henry II
  • Stephen
  • Henry IV

10

The words coffee, alcohol and magazine were borrowed from which language?

  • French
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • Pashtu

 

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