Origin of Quiz

Posted: November 16, 2011 in INFO's

Every one of us knows the meaning of “Quiz”, but behind it is an interesting piece of trivia on how the word actually originated. There is a well-known anecdote about the word “Quiz“, which says that in 1791 a Dublin theater owner named James Daly made a bet that he could introduce a word with no literal meaning into the language within twenty-four hours and would have people use it. He then went out and hired a group of street urchins to write the word “quiz”, which was a nonsense word, on walls around the city of Dublin. Within a day, the word was common currency and had everyone talking about it. Since no one knew what it really meant, everyone thought it was some sort of test. So the word “Quiz” acquired the meaning and Daly won the bet and pocketed some extra cash.

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Comments
  1. ramya says:

    This post gave us a quiz to know the meaning of the word quiz.. :PP
    This means that the word quiZ is even a quiz for its meaning.

  2. motherfu#$er appatucker says:

    😛
    true info
    good man

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