Hors d'oeuvres are savory foods served as starters or appetizers before a meal in European cuisine. Some popular hors d'oeuvres are smoked shrimp, chicken wings, stuffed mushrooms, smoked salmon crisps, and garlic bread.
Originating from Mexican Spanish, the word "macho" has been used to describe men who are strong and masculine. Over the years the meaning has also taken a toxic understanding where a man's masculinity can only be described through this word, which is not true. It has become a word of conflict in gender studies.
The word originates from the country of Japan. Ninjas were known to be professional spies who were valued for their skills of stealth. The concept of Ninjas became very popular in Western culture thanks to cartoons and TV shows that picked up this theme. One of the popular ones was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
This word can be translated to “First Woman” in Italian
Prima Donna was used in Italy to refer to the main singer in the opera. Over the years though this term got popular for other reasons. It acquired a more derogatory connotation as it was being used for anyone who behaved in a demanding and arrogant way, expecting attention from those around them.
Chinese philosophy that is used to describe opposites
Holding its roots in Chinese religion and philosophy, the yin (the dark swirl) represents the shadow of the wave. Yang (the white swirl) represents brightness and growth. This has often been used in English language to represent opposite nature and balance. It is a fascinating theory that captures the interest of many.
When three people have romantic relations with one another
A French expression that literally translates to "household of three," menage a trois is used to describe a living arrangement with three people in a romantic and/or sexual relationship. Since this is a domestic arrangement and not a one-off sexual liasion, it is different than what is popularly known as a "threesome."
"Genre" as a concept was first introduced by Plato in Ancient Greece. He divided literature into three classical genres that are known as poetry, drama, and prose. Over the years the term is used to describe any "kind" of art, literature, or music. Some popular genres one may be aware of in music are pop, rock, metal, and so on.
The word "lingerie" is derived from the French word "linge" (linen), which is what underwears were traditionally made of. Around the end of the 19th century, the term took on a more erotic connotation. It usually was described as a garment that was used during sexual play.
The literal meaning of the word "kitsch" indicates art or any type of design that is in poor taste. Often because of excessive gaudiness to it, but also sometimes appreciated in an ironic way. This is often used as an opposite of aesthetic art and describes cheap, marketable pictures and sketches.
Originating from Greek, it’s a derogatory term for “common people”
The literal translation for this Greek word is "the many." However, in the English language, this word has a negative connotation as it is used to signify the deprecation of the working class or commoners. Another popular term to explain this would be "plebians," which was used to describe middle-class individuals.
Spanish word of Latin origin meaning “a connoisseur” or “an expert”
In the early 1800s, the English language borrowed this past participle of the Spanish verb aficionar. The verb means "to inspire affection," and it was inspired from the Spanish noun aficion, which means affection. We can trace these Spanish words back to Latin, which has also inspired many English words today.
A Swedish word that basically means a cycle with a motor
Originating from Sweden, the word "moped" is inspired by two Sweden words that mean motor and pedaler. Moped then became a combination of both these words. It is essentially a bicycle with a motor, and while many people call scooters or small motorcycles by this name, it is technically incorrect.
The period between 1300 and 1600 is usually referred to as the Renaissance period where art and history flourished. There were many painters and writers whose work became extremely popular during this time. The word is also used to describe a situation that is now thriving after a time of difficulty.
A type of entertainment involving singing and music that has a Japanese origin
Borrowed from Japan, the word "karaoke" is now popular around the world. The world's first karaoke machine was built in 1971 by a Japanese inventor and musician Daisuke Inoue. However, a Filipino inventor Roberto del Rosario holds the patent for the machine.
A Spanish word used to describe an area outside a house
The word "patio" is borrowed from the Spanish language. In Spanish and Latin American architecture, a patio is a courtyard within an open building. This structure was especially evident in medieval Spanish architecture. Many of the famous buildings from that era will have this structure incorporated in the architecture.
A word meaning “afternoon nap” that has its origin in Spanish
Siesta generally refers to a nap taken during the day, after lunch, or while taking a short break from work. People often take siestas in hot countries because it gets extremely hot during the day, which is why people prefer to stay indoors. You would probably notice this if you travel to any of the tropical countries.
About 50 countries in the world have English as their native language. But did you know that some of the commonly-used English words or phrases are from a foreign language? Well, you can take this test and find out how well you know your daily-used English words' origin.
Introduced in Generation III as a new game mechanic, Pokémon abilities referred to the various powers and moves that each Pokémon possessed. Each of these abilities can be used by a Pokémon when told to in a battle. Can you match the ability with the Poké
Memorable movies often leave behind certain moments you simply can't forget. From famous quotes to interesting tidbits about the actors and the movie, we present a quiz that will thoroughly entertain you. Let's see if you can guess all 45 dialogues correctly to claim the title of ultimate movie buff!
On the 1st of July in the year 1962, the USPS department decided to introduce a 5 digit ZIP code, which meant they had to revise their state abbreviations due to space constraints. Now, each state has its unique postal abbreviation and if you don't want to lose your mail, you must get the postal abbreviations right. Do you think you know the abbreviations to ALL 50 states? Take the quiz to find out.
Google stumped users when it released its spell trends. Users were apparently googling the spellings to words like schedule and even decision. Do you think you know better? Take this basic spell test to find out how good you are!
There was a time when everyone wanted their secret laboratory like Dexter or couldn't wait for "Mythbusters" to start on the Discovery channel. If you have loved science irrespective of the mind-boggling equations and unpronounceable names of plants, then you will definitely enjoy this quiz. Take this quiz and find out how well-versed you are with the various facets of science.
Netflix’s most popular animated comedy series, BoJack Jackson follows the misadventures of an anthropomorphic horse who once starred in a '90s sitcom. The show is highly praised for its realistic depiction of issues such as sexism, racism, childhood trauma, mental health, sexual orientation, and more. It has won numerous accolades from Writers Guild of America Awards, Annie Awards, Critics' Choice Television Awards, and Gold Derby Awards.
With the 99th Precinct watching the streets of New York, no criminals can escape! Isn’t it “noice” to have such great detectives battling all sorts of trouble in their uniquely witty way? If you have guffawed at Holt’s deadpan expression or admired how tough Rosa is, or say “cool, cool, cool, cool” every time you are anxious, then take this quiz and find out how well you know Brooklyn Nine-Nine. So, ready, set, NINE-NINE!
If nihilistic optimism were to be explained in various ways, this show would definitely be an out-of-this-world example. Rick and Morty has received love from around the globe for its gripping story structure and the mindblowing adventures that the protagonists venture into. It is a show that explores possibilities, philosophical ruminations, despair, and even drama to keep you entertained. Think you've followed enough of the show to know everything about it? Take this quiz!