ROUND II: E-QUIZ 4……..Estuary and Maryland

The word “estuary” literally means what?


for fun:

People from the state of Maryland are nicknamed…………..? (talk about obscure)

17 Responses to “ROUND II: E-QUIZ 4……..Estuary and Maryland”

  1. An estuary is the part of a river where the current interacts with the ocean tide. They are often interesting regions and characterized by strong density gradients (gradients in water temperature and/or salinity). No idea what it means “literally,” though.

    I don’t know the answer to the MD question. Does it have something to do with Catholicism?

  2. You will find it’s literal meaning in it’s derivative. I think I gave it away with that clue. I knew that would happen.

    The BIG BOOK doesn’t explain where the nicknames come from. I count on you people for that. I would guess that it doesn’t have anything to do with Catholicism, but I was wrong about “Tooth Picks”.

  3. Um, river?

  4. Not river. Latin is the derivative.

    A clue for Marylanders’ nickname might have something to do with a creature from the sea…..might.

  5. How about “Turtles”?….. It couldn’t be the dreaded “Sting Ray” could it?….. Probably “Frogs”!…..

  6. #6 by Randalf the Grey

    ” Boiling ” water, or boiling time ?

    Terrapins or Terps ? I would think that this applies only to those Marylanders associated with the University of Maryland, and not Marylanders in general.

  7. RTG gets the five points for “Boiling”……..or boiling place.

    MR gets minus points…..five.

    No correct answer for Marylanders.

  8. Since the points have already been awarded, here are two etymologies for “estuary:”

    [Origin: 1530–40;

  9. Wow, it didn’t like that.

    [Origin: 1530–40;

  10. #10 by huskysooner

    One more try…

    [Origin: 1530–40 aestuārium channel, creek, inlet, equiv. to aestu(s) tide + -ārium -ary]

    [Latin aesturium, from aestus, tide, surge, heat.]

    Only “heat” is remotely near “boiling,” so what gives?

  11. I have ….Latin, oestuo, to boil.

  12. #12 by huskysooner

    The oestuo/boil etymology seems to be favored in older sources… interesting.

  13. I told you the BIG BOOK was old…..copyright some time before 1894.

    Hey Randalf, what was your source?

    And….I think you better forget my clue about sea creatures for Marylander nickname. I could be leading you in the wrong direction.

  14. #14 by Randalf the Grey

    Webster’s College Dictionary–2003 edition

    During the Revolutionary War, Marylanders were sometimes referred to as ” Cockades ” for the decorative badges they wore on their hats.

  15. Cockades! That’s even older than the BIG BOOK. Not the one I have. Yours must be the oldest.

  16. #16 by huskysooner

    I was looking at Random House and the American Heritage Dictionary.

    My Webster’s has “boil,” too.

  17. I know everyone has been impatiently waiting for the answer to the nickname for Marylanders…………”craw-thumpers”. Anybody got an idea why?

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