Anybody ever heard this story of the etymology of the word “quiz” before?
I don’t remember the details of who and when (I’m sure it was 19th century or earlier), I think it happened in England. Anyway, it goes like this: This guy bet his friends he could invent a word that would be used by people within 24 hours. He went and scribbled the (at the time) nonsense word “quiz” all around town during the night. The next day, everyone was talking and wondering what “quiz” meant–hence the word, and the meaning of the word.
Is there any truth to this, or is it just another legend?