Countries by Alternate Etymology

Can you guess these countries based on a totally made up explanation of their name?
Partially inspired by this quiz from JohnnyYeet
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Last updated: December 5, 2020
First submittedDecember 4, 2020
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Name meaning
Country
Named for a U.S. state
Georgia
Named for a tasty bird
Turkey
Because people there were always in a hurry
Russia
Because so many people there didn't get enough to eat
Hungary
Named after a type of lettuce
Romania
Portmanteau of "more" and "delicious"
Mauritius
Originally one region of a country named "Lice"
Laos
Given their name by Brazil, who was making a homophobic insult
Uruguay
Named for their choirs of impoverished beggars
Singapore
Nike paid them to promote a brand of sneaker
Jordan
Because their leader, Ebenezer Scrooge, didn't like the ruling party of Gaza
Bahamas
So many people deny its existence, they changed the name to mean "is genuine"
Israel
Because there are a lot of microbes there
Germany
Formed by the merger of two countries named "Oneisia"
Tunisia
Because their country is shaped like a pepper
Chile
Corruption of "seashell"
Seychelles
Because of the thick hair gel applied by their men
Greece
Named for porcelain
China
Because they have a passion for women's support garments
Brazil
Corruption of "monocle", because so many people there wear them
Monaco
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Level 91
Dec 5, 2020
Need to accept correct spelling of Israel. Thx
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Level ∞
Dec 5, 2020
Fixed
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Level 76
Dec 5, 2020
Also, "Ebenezer", not Ebeneezer
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Level 79
Dec 5, 2020
It's totally made up after all.
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Level 34
Feb 23, 2021
Made up, yes, but by Dickens.
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Level 82
Dec 5, 2020
"Lice" should be capitalized.
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Level ∞
Dec 5, 2020
Good point.
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Level 75
Dec 5, 2020
I am not a native English speaker, but I really can't see why the answer to "Because people there were always in a hurry" couldn't be "Iran"...
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Level ∞
Dec 5, 2020
It absolutely could be! Iran will work now.
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Level 57
Dec 5, 2020
It is one of the most hilarious quizzes I have seen in a long time XD
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Level 68
Dec 5, 2020
I thought the hurry one was Iran haha
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Good point! Perhaps there's a case to be made for accepting Iran as well :) I got a bunch of hard ones but not Russia -- even said rush in my head multiple times as I went through words for hurrying. Guess I should slow down next time :P
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Level 74
Dec 5, 2020
Fun! There is also iceberg lettuce. So shouldn't Iceland be an answer?
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Level 64
Dec 7, 2020
That's kind of a stretch from iceberg to Iceland.
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Level 73
Dec 7, 2020
In fairness to...well, me, I thought of Iceland before the correct answer!
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Level 63
Dec 5, 2020
"Singular of lice? That's louse! There's no country named louse... is there? Louse? Louseland? I feel like I would remember a country named louse"
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Level 59
Dec 16, 2020
Laos is pronounced louse.
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Level 34
Feb 23, 2021
Not in English it isn't. In English, the country (Laos) ends in /s/ but the adjective and the name of the language and an inhabitant is pronounced (and written) without an /s/ (Lao).
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Level 64
Feb 23, 2021
I learned that the "s" in Laos is silent, so it sounds like the second syllable in allow.
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Level 68
Feb 24, 2021
What Shikari said - In English, the 's' is pronounced. 'Lao/Lau/etc' without saying the 's' is the pronunciation in Laotian and French - and snobbish idiots who like to hypercorrect.
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Level 38
Feb 28, 2021
As an Englishman I respect the original pronunciation without the "s" so I missed the answer to this one
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Level 76
Dec 5, 2020
Fun quiz.
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Level 64
Dec 11, 2020
I got only 11 answers, I think it is way easier for a native English speaker because of the references.
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Level 84
Dec 14, 2020
Couldn't people careering about in a hurry be in one of the Koreas?
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Interesting idea, but you're probably thinking of "careening."
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Level 51
Sep 25, 2021
"Careering" and "careening" are synonyms!
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Level 72
Dec 30, 2020
Anyone else think that being in a hurry meant that you get everything "Togo"?
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Haha no but I like it.
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Level 53
Feb 23, 2021
I wouldn't be surprised if that was, in fact, the origin of Israel's name.
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Level 44
Feb 23, 2021
Pretty sure the name is older than English itself
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Level 44
Feb 23, 2021
Best quiz ever
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Level 64
Feb 23, 2021
shouldn’t the singular of Tunisia be Onenisia with two Ns?
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Level 57
Feb 23, 2021
Named after a US state - India ?
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Level 69
Feb 23, 2021
Na
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2021
TinklePork 2.0
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Level 71
Feb 23, 2021
I really love this quiz! I managed to get 12 the 2nd time, but it is such a fantastic concept.
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Level 55
Feb 23, 2021
Can you consider removing these questions from this quiz:

Because their leader, Ebenezer Scrooge, didn't like the ruling party of Gaza

- Seems unnecessarily political and is really a stretch anyway!

Given their name by Brazil, who was making a homophobic insult

- Gay isn't a homophobic insult it's the preferred term to a lot of people, Brazil has nothing to do with the answer and really it's 2021, c'mon now.

Really like the rest of the quiz but was just left wondering why these decisions had been made.

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Level 71
Feb 23, 2021
How about we just remove every question because someone doesn't like them? Not everyone will get 100%!
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Level 71
Feb 23, 2021
Also Brazil was probably picked because it borders Uruguay, but that's only a guess
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Level 52
Feb 23, 2021
It was picked because Uruguay gained independence from it, I think
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Level 63
Feb 23, 2021
I agree that there is no negative or homophobic connotation to "I'm gay", "he's gay", etc., but when you throw in the article preceding it ("You're a gay" or "the gays"), you just sound like a homophobe (at least in the U.S.). Perhaps those who are gay embrace the article preceding, and power to them for it if so. But I've heard too many homophobic hilljacks rock the preceding article to not infer a homophobic tone/intent without other context. So, to me, it's the second syllable of Uruguay that makes the clue fit. I see how others could have different perspectives, though.
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Level 70
Feb 23, 2021
There's nothing political about the Ebenezer Scrooge question. The character of Scrooge frequently dismissed things he didn't like with a "Bah!", as when he famously calls Christmas a scam by saying "Bah! Humbug," and Hamas currently has control over Gaza. Nowhere is it implied that anyone should agree or disagree with Scrooge's assessment.
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Level 66
Feb 24, 2021
The word "gay" isn't an insult, but I've never heard anyone say "You are gay" in any context except to insult someone. You wouldn't just walk up to a gay person and tell them they're gay. They already know.
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
@sckizm I can't agree with your objections.

While some folks identify as gay, the term is still weaponised as a homophobic insult.

Speaking as an anti-Zionist, anti-apartheid, pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS Jewish person, I found the clue for Bahamas hilarious, clever and creative. Not that I got it right, but that's on me :)

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Level 60
Feb 23, 2021
Didn't do all too well on this quiz, but really enjoyed it - great idea
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Level 34
Feb 23, 2021
Love the quiz! How about Kosavo as an alternative country named after a lettuce?
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Level 34
Feb 23, 2021
I had no idea Americans rhymed Uraguay with hay! In British English it rhymes with dye.
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Level 70
Feb 23, 2021
They don't.
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Level 52
Feb 23, 2021
Great quiz! Thanks for the mention!
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Level 67
Feb 23, 2021
Really enjoyed the Ebenezer Scrooge one lol
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Level 64
Feb 23, 2021
Took me ages to get Germany cause i just kept linking microbes with Micronesia
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Level 70
Feb 23, 2021
Same, but I didn't even get Germany
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Level 45
Feb 23, 2021
same, and also didn't get Germany
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Level 51
Feb 23, 2021
Good fun, nice one - funny to see that "Uruguay" joke. I think it's OK, and too silly to take seriously anyway, but everyone will have their own thoughts there.

I knew "Hamas", but still couldn't get "Bah - Hamas"!

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Level 60
Feb 23, 2021
Fun but hey..

"Formed by the merger of two countries named "Oneisia" was really far-fetched.. especially given how unnatural it is to the mind to picture two countries sharing a same name. At least "both named Oneisia..." could help

Thanks!

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Level 73
Feb 23, 2021
Thought Micronesia was the answer to "lots of microbes".
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Level 77
Feb 23, 2021
Same here, I think it should count too
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Level 45
Feb 23, 2021
Very clever, made me smile! Would like a version 2 of this
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Level 66
Feb 23, 2021
Couldn't another answer for people didn't get enough to eat - Finland?
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Level 41
Feb 24, 2021
Only got the first four 😞
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Level 59
Feb 24, 2021
"Ba Hamas" is sending me into tears. Incredible quiz. :)
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Level 40
Feb 24, 2021
I love it!! 14/20 but I still don't understand Laos pun
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
"Louse" is the singular form for "lice."
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Level 58
Feb 25, 2021
Phew. Really made me think - feel lucky to have got 19.
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Level 57
Feb 25, 2021
Pretty bad but also pretty good.
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Level 70
Feb 27, 2021
Guyana or Argentina for Brazilian homophobic insult?
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Level 55
May 24, 2021
Nice quiz; thanks for making me laugh! Was stumped on a few of them and when I saw the answers at the end I laughed even harder... Like having groanworthy Christmas cracker jokes in the middle of May 😹
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Level 51
Sep 25, 2021
My partner and I are a Paraguays