Published On: Sat, Sep 17th, 2011

Quiz about the English language and its phrases

A speleologist studies caves.

Anagrams amused the ancient Greeks, Romans and Hebrews, and were popular during the Middle Ages.

“Aromatherapy” is a term coined by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé in the 1920’s to describe the practice of using essential oils taken from plants, flowers, roots, seeds, etc., in healing.

Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.

Cannibalism, eating human flesh, is also called anthropophagy.

DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleicacid.

“Rhythms” is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u.

The side of a hammer is a cheek.

The study of insects is called entomology.

The study of word origins is called etymology.

The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.

The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.

The word “karate” means “empty hand.”

The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”

The world’s largest alphabet is Cambodian, with 74 letters.

The ZIP in Zip-code stands for “Zoning Improvement Plan.”

A “Blue Moon” is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).

A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books.

A ghost writer pens an anonymous book.

A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.

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