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Trivia: Word Origins

The word "quiz" came into the English vocabulary during the eighteenth century in a unique manner. A Dublin theater owner named Mr. Daly made a bet that he could force a new word into the English language within 24 hours. He hired school children to paint "quiz" on the sides of buildings all around the city, and by the next morning everybody was talking about the new word. This is how "quiz" has come to mean a puzzle or a test.

What subatomic particle takes its name from a fanciful term in James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake?

This week's winners will each win two LSC movie tickets and one large tub of popcorn, courtesy of LSC. Showing this weekend:

Fri 7 & 10 p.m. Face/Off in 26-100

Fri 7:30 p.m. The Postman Always Rings Twice in 10-250

Sat 7 p.m. Hamlet in 26-100

Sun 4 & 7 p.m. Face/Off / Hamlet in 26-100

Send your answer to trivia@the-tech.mit.edu by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Two random drawings from all of the correct entries will be held to determine this week's two winners.

This feature was brought to you by the CAC Program Board. Today's factoids are by the MIT Quiz Bowl team. Members of the quiz bowl team are not eligible.