Old Sayings Trivia: The Ultimate Challenge

Trivia about words and sayings of the past
You won't believe where these common phrases came from!

The English language is full of old sayings (or proverbs). These are short sayings that express a perceived truth based on common sense or experience. We all use them in everyday conversation without thinking. I’m sure you’ve heard ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ and ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’. But what about some of the less commonly used phrases? The Old Sayings Trivia: The Ultimate Challenge gives you the opportunity to prove your knowledge of the English language.

Whether you are taking this quiz to test yourself, or to simply learn some new sayings, the quiz will be perfect for you.

Lord John Russell famously said that a “proverb is the wit of one, and the wisdom of many”. Prove your wisdom by completing the Old Sayings Trivia: The Ultimate Challenge now.

  • Question of

    The best things come in which type of packages?

    • Small
    • Big
    • Elaborate
    • Fancy
  • Question of

    What does a bad workman blame?

    • His tools
    • His wife
    • The wood
    • The economy
  • Question of

    Which part of their anatomy are armies said to march on?

    • Stomachs
    • Kidneys
    • Throats
    • Brains
  • Question of

    What comes before the storm?

    • Calm
    • Wind
    • Snow
    • Noise
  • Question of

    What shouldn’t you cut off to spite your face?

    • Nose
    • Ear
    • Lip
    • Eye
  • Question of

    What shouldn’t you make out of a molehill?

    • Mountain
    • Cake
    • Hay
    • Peace
  • Question of

    You shouldn’t put all of which type of food in one basket?

    • Eggs
    • Cake
    • Meat
    • Vegetables
  • Question of

    What type of vehicle shouldn’t you put before the horse?

    • Cart
    • Wagon
    • Carriage
    • Bus
  • Question of

    As the saying goes, if you give someone an inch, how much might they take?

    • Mile
    • Foot
    • Yard
    • Meter
  • Question of

    The devil makes work for which idle parts of the body?

    • Hands
    • Feet
    • Shoulders
    • Arms


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