1• This word derives from the Old French word meaning "tail." The precise reference to tail is uncertain: it may be to an animal `turning tail in flight, or to the habit in animals of drawing the tail between the hinder legs. A X is thus, literally, someone who turns his tail and runs.
2• The word X has its roots in Latin, and was used as a synonym for a pole or a stake. Since stakes are often used to mark boundaries, a X was a particular area within certain limits. The X or the English X, was the part of Ireland that was directly under the control of the English government in the late Middle Ages and the area was subject to British Law. Those who lived outside this area did not come under English jurisdiction and were thought to be uncivilized. This has led to a very common English phrase. ID the phrase
3This word comes from French, for a seller ofmedicines who might advertise his presence withmusic and an outdoor stage show. The bestknown of the Parisian Xs was Tabarin, who set upa stage in the Place Dauphin, Paris way back in1618. The word can also be traced to Spanish foran indiscreetly talkative person, a chatterbox.Ultimately, etymologists trace X from either theItalian ciarlare, to prattle; or from Cerretano, aresident of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, knownfor its quacks.
4X is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughterby caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicroustreatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian wordmeaning - a joke, ridicule or mockery. X overlaps in meaning withcaricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, withextravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era.X has been usedin English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17thcentury. It has widely been applied retrospectively to works ofChaucer and Shakespeare and to the Graeco-Roman classics. A lateruse of the term, particularly in the United States, refers toperformances in a variety show format. These were popular fromthe 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well astheatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease. SomeHollywood films attempted to recreate the spirit of theseperformances from the 1930s to the 1960s, or included X-stylescenes within dramatic films, such as 1972s Cabaret and 1979s AllThat Jazz, among others.
5This word derives from the Greek word"bous," meaning ox. “Bous” eventually led to"boukolos," meaning herdsman. The presentmeaning of the word is used with regard toidealized country life and means idyllicallyrustic. Give the good word.
6The word ----------------- derives from the name ofÉtienne de X, a French finance minister who, in1759, was forced by Frances credit crisis duringthe Seven Years War to impose severe economicdemands upon the French people, particularlythe wealthy.Because of X’s austere economies, hisname became eponymous with anything done ormade cheaply and so with a type of outlineportrait.Prior to the advent of photography, ------------ profiles cut from black card were thecheapest way of recording a personsappearance. FITB
7The X was based on the 19th century upper-crust English habit of takingtea at ______. Not that the notably upper-crust 7th Earl of Shaftesburyhad much time for it. He is reported in Edwin Hodders biography, 1886, assaying:“______ tea, that pernicious, unprincipled and stomach-ruining habit.Nevertheless, the teas became popular with the middle-classes andbecame known as ‘________ and, when the habit travelled the Atlantic tothe USA, light late-afternoon meals were renamed ‘_______ dinners.In the 1930s, the marketing department of the Gem Company whiledreaming up a new advertising campaign, decided to try and convincepreviously unsuspecting men that they suffered from ugly, afternoonbeard growth and that this could only be countered by the purchase anduse of Gem Micromatic Blades. Needing a snappy name for this late-afternoon ailment, which would of course bar sufferers from any genteel_______ dinner, they chose to call it X. Give the term X.
8 This idiom probably originates from an articlepublished on 14 February 1807 by radical journalistWilliam Cobbett in his polemical Political Register. In acritique of the English press, which had mistakenlyreported Napoleons defeat, Cobbett recounted that hehad once used a X to deflect hounds in pursuit of ahare, adding "It was a mere transitory effect of thepolitical X; for, on the Saturday, the scent became ascold as a stone." The present meaning is of a X is a cluewhich is intentionally or unintentionally misleading ordistracting from the actual issue. The term is mostlyused to claim that the argument of another person isnot relevant to the issue being discussed..
9This word is from latin, meaning liquid. The ancient philosophers believedthat four liquids entered into the makeup of our bodies, and that ourtemperment was determined by the proportions of these four fluids,orXs, which they listed as blood, phlegm, bile, and black bile. If you had asurplus of blood, the first X, you were of the optimistic and sanguinetemperament . A generous portion of phlegm, on the other hand madeyou "phlegmatic", or slow and unexciteable. Too much yellow bile and yousaw the world through a "bilious" eye , and since the word "bile" is cholein Latin, you were apt to be choleric and short tempered. The fourth X, thenon-existent black bile, was a little special invention of the ancientphysiologists. A too heavy proportion of this made you "melancholy," forin latin melancholia meant " the state of having too much black bile." Anyimbalance of these Xs, therefore made a person unwell and perhapseccentric, and, as the years went by, the word X took on the meaning of"oddness," and a X man was one that we now call a crank. And finally, theword was applied to those who could provoke laughter at the oddities andthe incongruities of life.
10This word is from the Greek word meaning, "theact of distributing or apportioning" and laterbecame, wrath and retribution, righteousindignation at the breach of rules. X was a deitywho restores the balance. If a bunch ofshipmakers were to launch a vessel withoutsaluting the gods, this act of hubris might callforth a counter-reaction. There was nojudgmentalism or divine punishment involved,simply a response from the other world to lapsesoccurring in this one.
IT’S COMPLICATED!(The title of this round is dedicated to Sabi inhonour of his relationship status) The above lines may be enclosed inbrackets, but, sabi sure doesn’t know how to putbracket!
1At some point in the implied time period, theprocess of locomotion becomes a herculeantask resulting in the conjecture that, from thatpoint on, only the tenacious ones will be ableto execute the process without muchconstrain.
ANSWERWhen the going gets tough, the tough get going. ( This answer is in honour of the organizer with the British accent)
2The probability that the verdure is moreverdant on the diametrically opposite portionof a large inverted cone that came intoexistence from the substratum due to someintricate process of the Supreme MotherNature, is always one.
ANSWERThe grass is always greener on the other sideof the hill
3On any given day, a delineation has the samevaluation as that of a millenary of lexemes