Friday, March 24, 2006

This week's competition

Congratulations to Andrea F and Evelyn O for winning last week's prize. Indeed, the Haribo shall be yours and lo, you shall enjoy it.

This week's quiz question requires the same type of response as last week. If you know the answer (or once you've found it) add a comment to this post and write your answer, making sure to leave a name. Once again two prizes are available.

The question this week is "What is etymology?".


JIBrightwell said...


The origin and historical development of a linguistic form as shown by determining its basic elements, earliest known use, and changes in form and meaning, tracing its transmission from one language to another, identifying its cognates in other languages, and reconstructing its ancestral form where possible.

Posted by Jocelyn I Brightwell

Dan said...

You're sharp, Jocelyn, even sharper than one of Haribo's Tangtastic Flavours, which incidentally you have won.


Evelyn O said...

Etymology is the study of the origins of words. Some words have been derived from other languages, possibly in a changed form (the source words are called etymons). Through old texts and comparisons with other languages, etymologists try to reconstruct the history of words — when they entered a language, from what source, and how their form and meaning changed.

Evelyn Oyebanjo

Dan said...

Evelyn, once again you are a winner. Sadly, your teeth will probably fall out once you've munched your way through this week's prize...unless you share them with your classmates (and teacher).

Alexuwera said...

Etymology is the study of how words came to be like the word history, was derived from the latin word historia which means a story.lately some people view it as being inherently sexist because it can be referred to as 'his story' as men write/wrote most text books.

Dan said...

Not bad, Alex but you're a bit too late on this one. Due to financial problems I can only stretch to 2 packs of Haribo this week and Jocelyn and Evelyn were quickest on the draw.

Good luck next time!