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Medieval Idioms

marynualaMarynuala on 08/17/2008

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MedievalIdioms Photo Go back in time to ye olde English sayings to discover the origin of many contemporary phrases. Have fun, (and you may also enjoy my quiz entitled The Medieval Recruitment Agency). Thank you for doing this quiz.
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Rating:  (8.74/9)
Difficulty:  Very Difficult
Taken: 220 times

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Comments (16)
Xilac  (Level: 17.0)
Sat, 30th Jun '12 8:41 PM

It would require a college education to ace this quiz.

Navre  (Level: 38.4)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 1:54 AM

Excellent and well written (And very difficult!)

I had always heard that "Rule of thumb" came from a tradition that one was allowed to beat his wife or servants as long as he used a stick no bigger around than his thumb.

Oldprop  (Level: 190.1)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 7:05 AM

The framer of this quiz doesn't seem to know much about the subject. Doubts arise as early as question 1, and the quiz taker is left to guess. Too bad. Could have been interesting.

Mikelibrarian  (Level: 94.7)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 1:50 AM

From The Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto. Xerox : Greek xeros meant dry. From it was derived in the 1940s the term xerography, which denotes a process of photographic reproduction that does not involve the use of liquid developers. And xerofraphy in turn formed the basis of xerox.

Nanpaulhus  (Level: 144.4)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 1:24 AM

Awesome quiz. although, I did hear on "Says You" (on npr... a show about words and their derivations) that one of the sources of rule of thumb did have something to do with temperature of beer..... HOWEVER, they could have been saying that the theory that using your thumb for that was INCORRECT lol - my memory is not that great. But thanks for the fun - Great quiz

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