The English Language Quiz
You may speak English, but what do you really know about the language? 10 Questions.
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Old English was essentially a spoken Germanic language, so from which language did English get its grammar and script?
The English language is full of borrowed words from other languages, but from which language are the words, skirt, whisk and school borrowed?
What is the study of the origin of words called?
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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
If you are leaning on a gunwale, where are you?
On a boat or ship
On a train
In a fort
In the trenches
The word Cornwall translates in Old English as the 'Corn Welsh'. But what does the word Welsh mean?
Foreigner and slave
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?
From which language do the words army, soldier, and guard derive?
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
The words coffee, alcohol and magazine were borrowed from which language?
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