10 most difficult etymology riddles A list of ten (out of 42) etymology related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly Etymology quiz What is the literal meaning of the word mammoth in Siberian languages?Underground monster. The word mammoth comes from the mythology of the Siberian peoples who believed they lived underground - as dead ones were found in the ground from time to time.very hard 15% hairy elephant hairy elephant 45%underground monsterunderground monster15%horned gianthorned giant21%big boarbig boar17%Created by: Linshi. Statistics based on 1435 answers in 2 languages »prehistory riddles » After whom was the Canadian province of Alberta named?Princess Luisa Carolina Alberta Windsor. The princess was the wife of the Marquis John Campbell, the governor of Canada.They lived in 1878-1883 in Louiseville, in a province named in her honor.very hard 20% Albert CamusAlbert Camus9%Prince Albert, husband of Queen VictoriaPrince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria60%Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein9%Princess Luisa Carolina Alberta WindsorPrincess Luisa Carolina Alberta Windsor20%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 2436 answers in 2 languages »geography of Canada riddles » Where does the name of the Russian currency come from - the ruble?From breaking. The word "ruble" comes from the verb meaning "break" and refers to the Middle Ages, when pieces of silver were broken into smaller ones when changing money. The ruble was the world's first decimal currency: it was decimalised in 1704 when the ruble became legally equal to 100 kopeks.very hard 22% from breakingfrom breaking22%from the red colorfrom the red color26%from a two-headed eaglefrom a two-headed eagle30%from notches on the edgefrom notches on the edge20%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 1373 answers in 2 languages »coins riddles » What is the origin of the name of the Tyrrhenian Sea?Name of Etruscans. The Tyrrhenian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy. It is named for the Tyrrhenian people, identified since the 6th century BCE with the Etruscans of Italy. very hard 23% phrase "Terra Incognita"phrase "Terra Incognita"11%name of Etruscansname of Etruscans23%phrase "Terra Romano"phrase "Terra Romano"25%The cities of TyrThe cities of Tyr39%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 4506 answers in 2 languages »Mediterranean Sea riddles » What is the name of Azerbaijan derived from?The Persian satrap Atropates. The name of Azerbaijan derives from that of Atropates, a Persian satrap under the Achaemenid Empire, who was later reinstated as the satrap of Media under Alexander the Great.very hard 26% Azerbaijani languageAzerbaijani language25%historical region of Caucasian Albaniahistorical region of Caucasian Albania17%the Persian satrap Atropatesthe Persian satrap Atropates26%antique Alansantique Alans30%Created by: Ninjai. Statistics based on 449 answers in 2 languages »ancient history riddles » The name of the Arctic comes from the Greek word for ...Bear. The word Arctic comes from the Greek word arktos meaning bear and the ajdective arktikos "of the bear". The name refers either to the constellation Ursa Major, the "Great Bear", which is prominent in the northern portion of the celestial sphere, or to the constellation Ursa Minor, the "Little Bear", which contains Polaris, the Pole star, also known as the North Starvery hard 27% stacked icestacked ice23%auroraaurora27%bearbear27%white nightswhite nights22%Created by: Ninjai. Statistics based on 277 answers in 2 languages »Arctic riddles » 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%racehorseracehorse44%SmithSmith28%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 10915 answers in 4 languages »surnames riddles » What is the origin of the dance name "Foxtrot"?It originates from the actor's Harry Fox last name. Harry Fox has indeed introduced trotting steps to this dance never before seen in ballet. In assumption, foxtrot was supposed to be a simple, smooth and relaxation giving dance. In its way of evolution it has become very technical and is called today "the world's hardest stroll".very hard 28% it resembled a fox's attack because the tempo of steps based on syncopated counting slow-slow-fast-fit resembled a fox's attack because the tempo of steps based on syncopated counting slow-slow-fast-f35%it was one of the smoothier dances and it resembled a sneaking fox it was one of the smoothier dances and it resembled a sneaking fox 24%it originates from the actor's Harry Fox last nameit originates from the actor's Harry Fox last name28%it introduced trotting stepsit introduced trotting steps11%Created by: Rafał. Statistics based on 5925 answers in 2 languages »dance 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% goldgold38%silversilver30%diamondsdiamonds14%coffeecoffee16%Created by: Kasia. Statistics based on 7751 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 32% DutchDutch51%AmericanAmerican32%RussianRussian3%GermanGerman12%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 12292 answers in 2 languages »presidents of the United States riddles » Play etymology quiz and see all the questions.