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.
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.
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!
Numbers can get confusing at times and might make you wonder if you are dealing with an integer or a fraction, a rational number or a negative? But if you think you have a way with numbers, we have the perfect quiz for you. See if you can ace the quiz that features math history, prominent mathematicians, mathematical expressions and so much more.
America is a land of diversity and the second largest democracy in the world. The great nation plays host to various cultural groups and is home to some of the most iconic landmarks and locations in the world. But just how well do you know the history of your country? Take this quiz to find out if you can answer all 45 questions correctly.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ are the flagship phones of the year, thanks to the next-level technology used to power these devices. An amalgamation of design and powerful AI, the new in the Note series provides its users with some exclusive Samsung-only features, making it unique in many ways. Fancy yourself a Samsung smartphone enthusiast? Take this fun quiz to check if you can score 17+ and above!
If you are a frequent concertgoer and love listening to all kinds of music genres, then here is an ultimate music quiz we have for you. Take this challenging quiz and match the right musician to their respective band and prove your music IQ.
Limited space is one of the main problems gardeners face in an urban setting. But does that mean you stop spending time with your beloved plants? Not necessarily. Urban gardening is the answer! But how much do you know about the plants, tools, skills required, and types of gardening in an urban setting? Take this quiz to find out.
For 8 years now, Game of Thrones has held our attention and had us hold our breath. From Daenerys Targaryen's dragons to Joffrey Baratheon's cruelty; from the honorable Ned Stark to the morally challenged Cersei Lannister; from swashbuckling Oberyn Martell to the naïve Jon Snow, the series' twists and turns have left us riveted. As we await the next episode of the eighth season with bated breath, take this quiz to see if your attention to detail is as intricate as Sansa Stark's wedding gown or as sloppy as the intern who left the Starbucks cup in full view. (Spoilers ahead)