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Which Came First - the Chicken or the Chicken?

Do you think that 'chicken' as an insult was coined because of the rather timid behaviour of chickens? Or was the chicken (bird) named because of its faint heart? This quiz includes animal names used figuratively, animals so named because of their behaviour, and some that are not related in either way.


 

Quiz ID:#33440
Fun:*** (2.33)
Difficulty:*** (2.11)
Category:Humanities > Linguistics
Created By:dalfamnestAnz******

 

 

 



#1   Which is correct?





#2   Which is correct?





#3   The badger is so named because of its tendency to persistently pester (i.e. to badger) farmers.




#4   Which is correct?





#5   Which is correct?





#6   The use of 'mole' for a spy suggests that a spy may burrow into a society or organisation the way the little animal tunnels into the ground to build its home.




#7   Which is correct?





#8   Which is correct?





#9   Describing someone's conversation as 'yackety-yak' is related to unusual chattery noises made by the yak.




#10   Read the first three statements below. If just one is correct, tick it. If two are correct, tick either option 4 or 5.







#11   Calling attractive young women 'chicks' stems from the word 'chic', not from 'chicken'.




#12   The use of animal characteristics figuratively for human behaviour is called:







 

 


   



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