10 most difficult etymology riddles A list of ten (out of 30) etymology related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly Etymology quiz What is the meaning of the Italian word "Ferrari"?Smith. "Ferrari" is the third most common surname in Italy. The word has the same root as Italian "ferro" (iron) or Latin "ferrum" (thus, Fe for iron).very hard 28% speedyspeedy14%furiousfurious12%racehorseracehorse45%SmithSmith28%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 10430 answers in 4 languages »surnames riddles » What did first Spanish conquerors expect to find in Argentina?Silver. The country name is derived from the Latin argentum (silver - Ag). La Plata Basin (literally "Silver river") does not have any sources of silver, but the first Spaniards arrived to the area following rumors of the existence of silver mountains.very hard 30% goldgold39%silversilver30%diamondsdiamonds14%coffeecoffee16%Created by: Kasia. Statistics based on 7147 answers in 4 languages »geographical names riddles » What nationality was Martin Van Buren?American. Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. 'Van' suggests Dutch origin of his surname, but the capitalized form indicates anglicised version - like Eddie Van Halen (as opposite to Dutch lower-case Vincent van Gogh).very hard 31% DutchDutch52%AmericanAmerican31%RussianRussian3%GermanGerman12%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 11104 answers in 2 languages »presidents of the United States riddles » What's the origin of the word "turquoise"?Turkey as a country. The name Turquoise was established in the seventeenth century and came from the name of Turkey (turquois is French for "Turkish"), because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey. Acient Romans called this rock Kalalit.very hard 34% Turku City in FinlandTurku City in Finland16%Turkey as a countryTurkey as a country34%Turkusy, fake regionTurkusy, fake region23%Persian tortoisePersian tortoise25%Created by: GabrielBaran. Statistics based on 3764 answers in 2 languages »gemstones riddles » Where does English horn (cor anglais) come from?Breslau. The instrument was created by the Weigel family about 1720. Since it resembled the horns played by angels in religious images, it was called engellisches Horn, meaning angelic horn. But engellisch also meant English.very hard 36% LondonLondon20%ExeterExeter28%ParisParis14%BreslauBreslau36%Created by: Kasia. Statistics based on 10488 answers in 2 languages »musical instruments riddles » Which European capital's name literally means "black pool"?Dublin. The Dubhlinn ("black pool") was a small lake used to moor ships and was connected to the River Liffey. This lake was covered during the early 18th century as the city grew.very hard 37% AmsterdamAmsterdam22%DublinDublin37%MadridMadrid5%OsloOslo35%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 15545 answers in 2 languages »city names riddles » How did Spam become the synonym of unwanted email?Through Monty Python sketch. Spam (shortened from spiced ham) is a canned precooked meat product made and trademarked by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. It got popular in the UK during WW2. The name has been given to electronic spam through a Monty Python sketch, in which Spam was portrayed as ubiquitous and inescapable.very hard 39% through Monty Python sketchthrough Monty Python sketch39%acronym of Sender Probably A Machineacronym of Sender Probably A Machine25%acronym of Still Pending Another Mailacronym of Still Pending Another Mail14%first spammy emails were meat advertsfirst spammy emails were meat adverts20%Created by: Andy Sealy. Statistics based on 5974 answers in 2 languages »meat riddles » What does the name Singapore mean?City of Lions. The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (lit. Lion City), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Lions probably never lived there; the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama, who founded and named ancient Singapore, was most likely a tiger.hard 40% City of BirdsCity of Birds16%City of MonkeysCity of Monkeys27%City of LionsCity of Lions40%City of ElephantsCity of Elephants15%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 14349 answers in 2 languages »Southeast Asia riddles » Where was the world's first motorway built?In Italy. Italy was the first country in the world to start building motorways. Over 4,000 kilometers of multi-lane motorways were constructed in 1920s. The motorways were touted by Benito Mussolini in 1930, as one of the great achievements of his regime.hard 43% in Germanyin Germany37%in Francein France5%in the United Statesin the United States14%in Italyin Italy43%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 14533 answers in 2 languages »cars riddles » What does the French word "coupé", used for two-door automobiles, literally mean?Cut. French coupé is a noun use of past participle of couper "to cut". Since the early 19 century it was used for carrosse coupé "cut-off carriage", a shorter version of the berlin (old type of four-wheeled covered carriage), minus the back seat. The name was first applied to closed two-door automobiles in 1908.hard 46% agileagile22%shortshort26%longlong4%cutcut46%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 9334 answers in 4 languages »French language riddles » Play etymology quiz and see all the questions.