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Hindi - Hindi, from the Sanskrit LOTRAM, meaning PLUNDER.From what language is the word "LOOT" derived?

       a. German
       b. Dutch
       c. Hindi
       d. Czech

Portuguese - PALAVER - a. Idle chatter. b. Talk intended to charm or beguile.The language of origin of PALAVER is?

       a. Malay
       b. Portuguese
       c. French
       d. Dutch

Portuguese - A thick syrup produced in refining raw sugar. The word MOLASSES derives from?

       a. Spanish
       b. Arabic
       c. Portuguese
       d. Tagalog

PECAN - PECAN is of Algonquin origin. The other three come from Dutch/Low German.Which is the odd word out, based on language of origin?

       a. KINK
       b. BLUFF
       c. PECAN
       d. DERRICK

TOUCAN - Amok means crazed with murderous frenzy.Which is not of Malaysian origin?

       a. GONG
       b. AMOK
       c. TOUCAN
       d. GINGHAM

French - French m'aidez, meaning 'Help me'.The distress signal "Mayday" is derived from?

       a. French
       b. Italian
       c. Morse Code
       d. Is of unknown origin

ALPHABET - 'ALPHABET' is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, ALPHA and BETA.Which word is not of Arabic origin?

       a. ALCHEMY
       b. ALFALFA
       c. ALPHABET
       d. ALGORITHM

NICOTINE - Only one not derived from a Saint's name [St Audrey, St Peter, St Philbert].Which is the odd word out?

       a. TAWDRY
       b. PETREL
       c. NICOTINE
       d. FILBERT

Italian - The word was originally used to describe the miasma from the swamps around Rome.The word "Malaria" comes from what language?

       a. English
       b. Italian
       c. French
       d. German

Avocado - The Aztecs called this fruit ahucatl after their word for testicle.Which of the following words originally came from the Aztecs?

       a. Avocado
       b. Assassin
       c. Hazard
       d. Phony

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