Word Ways


To honor the bicentennial year, we offer the following double-barreled quiz on American presidents. We are all so used to hearing the surnames of our presidents that we seldom give the matter any thought. To those interested in the field of onomastics, however, it is interesting to consider the basic derivations or etymological roots from which these well-known names have originated. How many of the phrases in the first column can you translate into presidential surnames?