GTW Game IX Marie is Sick!

Installment #9 in my Guess the Word Game series.

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  1. leonard says:

    Eat. Jam. Jelly. Headcheese. Dried by the sun. Food for the stores. Cake. Processed for consumption and thanks. :roll:

  2. maria9810 says:

    I;m sure it’s marmalade

  3. blueskies13 says:


  4. sichef69 says:

    Just found this site. Brilliant. Why are women like this only on videos.

  5. hdvideo says:

    You sure like to show off your fake breasts. Come on admit you use to strip?

  6. notthecheatr says:

    Alas, this one was too easy. Google for “honey apple” and it’s the second thing on the list. If you’d left that out, it probably would have been much more difficult.

  7. wingman86 says:

    The first word is Marmalade!
    haha and for the extra credit…
    but there are other names for this fruit that date back years before that, which is Supurgillu. called that by the Akkadians i think?
    haha so hopefully you use the earlier “name” so you can say Wingman86 on your next show :wink:

  8. gambi says:

    Hi my dear Teacher!
    I’m from Germany and want to know more about the english origin as well! As I was listening to one of Eminem’s first songs called “backstabber” I wondered about this word. I now found out what it means (thanks to, but I’d like to know the origin of this word, ’cause it’s one of my favorite words ;)

    Thx and don’t forget to rate my comment :shock: :lol:

  9. misterc says:

    The word is marmalade

    The fruit is quince. :smile:

  10. biagini2 says:

    marmalade and Quince :grin:

  11. viper447 says:

    I was curious to find out the meanings of more of the slang terms for Police Officers, mainly ‘pigs’ and ’5-0′. I think it would be cool to do a bunch of episodes on Police terms. I already know ‘bobby’, the term for a british Police Officer, came from the night watch, ran by Sir Robert Peel. Since he was in charge, the men of the Watch were called ‘bobbies’, short for Sir Peel’s name.

    • lytw84x4 says:

      Calling cops “pigs” is from the 1960′s when the counterculture hippies getting busted on drug charges thought the cops should go after “more serious” crimes, and 5-0 came later from the tv show “Hawaii 5 0, about Hawaiian police officers and that is the fiftieth state. I heard that 50 is an official department name. Some Hawaiian will confirm or deny this :) .

  12. spoof720 says:

    So I am wondering, what does the phrase “cake walk” mean? Or “that’s cake” or “you can have your cake and eat it too”? Maybe you can help me out. I love your videos

  13. startechnextg says:

    I have a Word Request :D
    im Wondering for Few weeks what

    “jetsam” Means ..
    If u could investigate it would be great .. :)
    Kind Greetings ,

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      Usually associated with “flotsam” as in “flotsam and jetsam,” it’s stuff that has been purposefully ejected from a ship in order to make it lighter. The difference between them is this: flotsam is stuff from the ship floating in the water that was inadvertently lost or swept overboard. Jetsam is stuff floating in the water which was tossed off the ship on purpose.

  14. beerboy23 says:


  15. harveycasual says:

    Hi Marina,

    I got it ! It’s old fashioned Marie-malade!

    My trusty friend told me it’s made of the dehydrated orange and pear peels found underneath Marie’s bed… put in an old fashioned, hand-cranked, coffee bean grinder and powderized. Then she stirred it into her Great Great Grand Ma’s breakfast jelly made up of shlopgum and shmooey juice…

    I can’t be too sure about this… hmmm?

    I think I am at the back of the class. Smile!

  16. providence says:


    I was wondering if you could investigate the word Hamburger. I mean where does that come from. isn’t ham part of a pig, but a hamburger is made form cow. isn’t that strange. thankyou


  17. providence says:

    waht is the orgin of the word pothole. please let me know. thankyou

  18. I believe the word is Marmalade.

  19. hotformicrosoftword says:

    Got some more words for you :grin:

    1. Shindig
    2. Glossary
    3. The prefix ‘Contra’, eg controversial, contrary etc
    4. Defenestration

    Thnx Marina :!: :!: :!:

  20. chol444 says:

    Hi Marina I really love your web for word and you doing amazing job
    So I have question for you where is the word Egypt came from I speak
    Arabic and Egypt called msir thank Wur IN,USA

  21. able toeatu says:

    I agree with the combination of marmalade & quince. I prefer orange or lemon and think you would look exceptionally sexy eating a marmalade & toast .. esp .. licking the bits off your lips OR inviting Me to help with any cleanup required

  22. matalexwolf says:

    WORD REQUEST please….

    Avatar and Precursor

    Thank you, be well

  23. splitty2530 says:

    what ever happened to the word ruth? like you can be ruthless and there is ruthlessness but no ruth, or ruthness 4 that matter. how come?

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      I’ve been ruthless ever since Ruth left. Do you think there’s a connection? I’m not disgruntled about it; in fact I’m very gruntled instead. It’s a mystery.

  24. wonderwomen310 says:

    Here’s a word for you: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

    • viper447 says:

      I just looked it up, and according to Wikipedia it was made up to mean ‘a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust found in volcanoes’. It states it was made up to be the longest word in the english language.

      If you break it down, Pneumono- relating to your lungs (pneumonia), Ultramicroscopic- Really Small, Silico- Referring to the Sillia, hair like structures in your lungs, Volcano- Volcano, Coniosis- Infection.

  25. pitchy618 says:

    can you investigate the word pussy :razz: :razz: :lol:

  26. eddymark40 says:

    hello marina!
    Iwould like to ask you if you can tell me what the expression”40 winks” is all about. I know it is reference to sleeping,but why “40 winks”?please help me, thank you soo much

  27. dhallmba321 says:

    2 word requests that I have always been told have origins from the Christian Bible.

    1) ‘Adam’s Apple’ – from Adam, Eve, and the Apple.
    2) the phrase ‘Head and Shoulders above the rest’ – from King Saul whos was a man of large stature and was said to be head and shoulders above all the rest.

    Can you enlighten me? Thanks :?: :idea:

  28. drb says:

    Marina like i said before your accent drives up a wall
    so where did that saying driving up a wall come from
    your studious student DRB :cool:

  29. karmac76 says:

    Marina, I think it would be fitting for you to help us out with the word “ogle”.

  30. prospero811 says:

    O.k. – I was trying to figure out the differences among marmalade, jam and jelly. Hmmm…

    Am I correct that marmalade is just a jelly with suspended pieces of fruit and rind in it? And jam is crushed fruit boiled with sugar, but jelly is fruit JUICE boiled down with sugar?

    I always thought jam and jelly were basically the same thing, and I just thought marmalade was a form of jam or jelly.

  31. jambo87 says:

    Ahoy, Marina. Yea I think its marmalade. But apparently so does every1 else. I think the eating sound bite might have made people think toast and jam, or was that just me?

    Any way, it’s my 21st today so if you could (if you have time) reply Happy Birthday that would be awesome!


  32. prospero811 says:

    Yuck. Marmalade is awful.

  33. sugar daddy says:

    Phrase/word request:

    Sugar Daddy

  34. bigmo786 says:


  35. superninjarobot says:


    I know what I mean when I say someone has a “chip on their shoulder” but where the heck did that phrase come from? It doesn’t even seem to make sense if you look at the phrase devoid of context. I’d love it if you could address this one, Marina. Thanks!

  36. matalexwolf says:

    Thinking besides marmalade….. something to do with, maybe, ‘mamma + maid’ whom may have looked after her when she was feeling sick!

    Honey + Lemon might have something to do with this. Sometimes added with a wee drop of Whiskey, to ease the symptoms!

    Be well

  37. oogalieboogalieboo says:

    Dude. Dude! Dude? Dude?! Dude…

    • prospero811 says:

      The doddering old dude and dudette, in high dudgeon, were duded up in their duddy duds, smoking dudeens, and listening to dudelsack. They stopped at the duddery on their way to the dude ranch, duddering due to the cold.

  38. ragabashmoon says:

    Oh, that reminds me a question I had for Marina about her being Russian and all. Does Russian not have all the origins that English does, or what? I mean, what is it about the English language that made a woman from Russia like it so much? Not that I’m complaining that you are here to teach us English word origins! Just curious why English and not your native Russian?

  39. ragabashmoon says:

    Man, I tried to figure it out before I even came to the site, but I couldn’t. Now that i see the marmalade comments,I’m like arrrgh cause I love orange marmalade.

  40. faisal2pac says:

    i have 1 word only why we call the barest ” BOOB ” what the resons of that please its very important for me, and we love u and ur lesson is v good me and my allot of friend likes ur lessons in Saudi Arabia

  41. xbobx says:

    How about “ferklempt?”

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      That’s “Verklempt” from the German (in German, V is pronounced like the English “F” and W is pronounced like the English “V”). Now you can go look it up.

      • xbobx says:

        That’s totally cool, PENNSYLTUCKY9 I got it right, huh? Thank you. Oh just so you know………I was born in Frankfurt am Mein, Hesse Germany “fact” but no sprechen ze deutche”. Inbox me here. My name is Bob. Nice to make your acquaintance, and very much looking forward to more from you. Cheers!

  42. xbobx says:

    Kanguru? I had to look. Have no idea, even how to search that one.

  43. brutishvulgarian says:

    here’s a word, schoolmarm. What’s a marm?

  44. swedehunter says:

    It´s hard not to take a sneakview of earlier comments since I have to scroll pass all of them … but I try (as allways) to do exactly as my dear teacher tells me to!!
    So without looking at other students, I would say you are talking about marmelade.
    The original fruit? Well, my guess is that no-one really knows and that the kind of preservation of fruit in form of marmelade, jam and likely forms started in different places arond the world and with different kinds of fruits…
    For some reason I came to think of honeymelons while looking at the video, haven´t got a clue why though…. ;)

    from your dear student / Swedehunter

  45. greenkoolaidman says:

    Here’s a word you should dissect: “SNEAKY”

    where did it come from and when? My original thought was something to do with “sneakers” but then I thought that sneakers my have been named for the word “sneaky” as it would seem (to me anyways) that “sneaky” has been around longer than “sneakers”. Anyways, I thought it would be a good word to do… let me know what you think.

  46. philosophy joe says:

    what is the origin of the expression “bed and board”

    • ragabashmoon says:

      bed and headboard maybe? Unless you mean “room and board” at which point that’s a place to sleep, “room” and board is food AFAIK. As to the origins of food being “board” that I don’t know. :) Marina! Tell us! :grin:

  47. labbatt78 says:

    This game is the most challenging I’ve experienced. Maybe my other guess is kiwi fruit. I don’t know for sure. :???:

  48. toad1e says:

    “This is not about language; this is not about diplomatic phrasing or wording; this is about the substance of the issue,” the Russian leader had said. “I’d like to be very clear on this. Our fundamental attitude to the American plans have not changed. However, certain progress is obvious. Our concerns have been heard by the United States.”

    I would like to hear about the word – Politics.


  49. surfinri says:

    Marmalade, which was originally made from oranges – I think!

  50. tomalias44 says:

    did anyone ever watch “Wodrsmith” on PBS? Marina has ‘modernized’ (?) the former. I prefer the current

  51. absorber says:

    Marmalade, but do not know the original fruit

    Keep up the good work!

  52. fordag says:

    Hi Marina,

    I’d like to know the origin of the word “leather”


  53. toungetwisted says:

    Since there is no other place to put comments….
    Would it be possible to have a seperate spot to place comments that have nothing to do with the lesson? It would make the comments easier to read.


  54. kozmicbill says:

    Any luck with “MOJO”? Do you have lots of mojo? (Does she, fellow students? :-)

  55. kozmicbill says:

    Marmelade and quince was the original fruit.

  56. inwe says:

    Hey Marina! I’ve always wanted to find out where the word “Chastity” came from. :?:

  57. groz422 says:

    Hey, I have a “bone to pick”. What a minute, :?: what does having a bone to pick mean and what is its origin?

    • prospero811 says:

      If you have nothing to address with someone, do you say that you don’t have any bones to pick with them? No bones about it, I have not a single bone to pick with them!

  58. ogamawab10 says:

    Do you know what is Anishnawbe? or what the word stand for? find out please.

  59. errinf says:

    Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Serge Gainsbourg, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the French woman’s name was Malady Nelson. Or maybe it was Lady Marmalade.

  60. okay4now says:

    Boiling, reducing and adding sugar removes the pucker. It would also work for an unriped honey mellon; however, if you feel the need to have something a bit sour order a margarita–o.k. make it a double. :wink:

  61. hengster says:

    hey marina, i’m one of your subcribers but i didn’t recieve your report card.

  62. matty.s says:

    Marmellata di Fichi! or MARMALADE

    I think its made out of figs?

  63. jroger says:

    “I’ll always be a word man, better than a bird man.”
    Jim Morrison

  64. adolski says:

    I am requesting “coming out of the woodwork”

    For instance when someone refers to other people as crazy, weird, etc…they say those people are “coming out of the woodwork”

  65. pennsyltucky9 says:

    Thanks, Marina.

    Another excellent video. Too bad I’m slow on the draw today.

    Now I know what to do with that nasty quince that leaves all those really sour fruit all over the driveway. I hope a pippin apple suits the purpose because that’s about the sweetest one I can think of. It will be interesting to see how the graft “takes” also.

    Your lessons are deeply informative! Who would have thought there’d be a “Home and Garden” episode, now really? I love you and so does my girlfriend (but she doesn’t know it yet).


  66. eseverson says:

    I haven’t looked at any of the comments yet, so I’m sure this answer has already been posted. I don’t know French or Portuguese, but I do know Spanish, and “sick” can be expressed as “enferma” or just plain “mal”, for “bad”. The English adopted French word “malaise” could describe how someone feels when they are sick. French, Portuguese and Spanish all have Latin roots, so the word would be similar. If you take “Marie” and add “mal” to it, you get “Mariemal” (Marie bad, Marie feels bad). Take out the “ie”, and it becomes “marmal”. Add a few letters, and you get “marmalade”. Marmalade is made from oranges and other citrus fruits. There must be some fruit that marmalade originally was made from besides oranges.

  67. Chris says:

    Hey i would love to see a video about the phrase “hitting the head” – going to the bathroom, such as where it came from and all that ^_^

  68. excited4etymology says:

    I hope you feel better. Along the line of things that don’t work to cure the rhinovirus (aka the common cold): Yes, it’s copy and pasted. Sorry, it’s geared towards pediatrics, but it’s all I had in the moment.

    Antibiotics. These destroy bacteria, but they’re no help against cold viruses. Avoid asking your doctor for antibiotics for a cold or using old antibiotics you have on hand. You won’t get well any faster, and inappropriate use of antibiotics contributes to the serious and growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
    Antihistamines. Some studies have suggested minimal reduction in sneezing and nasal discharge with first-generation (sedating) antihistamines. However, results are conflicting and the benefits may not outweigh the side effects.
    Over-the-counter (OTC) cough syrups. In cold season, nonprescription cough syrups practically fly off the drugstore shelves. Some contain ingredients that may relieve coughing, but the amounts are too small to do much good and may actually be harmful for children. Many experts don’t recommend their use in children. The FDA recommends that parents avoid cough medicines for children younger than age 2. They are evaluating the safety of these medications in older children. The American College of Chest Physicians strongly discourages the use of these medications in children younger than 14, because they’re not effective at treating the underlying cause of cough due to colds.

    Coughs associated with a cold usually last less than three weeks but could be present up to four weeks. If a cough lingers longer than that, see your doctor. In the meantime, try soothing your throat with warm lemon water and honey (or tea) and humidifying the air in your house.

    For when you’re feeling better:

    “sick as a dog” or “right as rain”

  69. bullet says:

    Hello Marina
    I’d like to know the true meaning for the phrase

    “bone dry” or “dry as a bone”

    I love your site.

  70. beerboy23 says:

    Hi Marina, this is the first time I have ever been on your website and I think it is great. I love your show. I was wondering if you could tell me the meaning of the word MURDER. I know that it means either a flock of crows or the killing of one human being by another, but is there any similarity?

  71. dastheboss2 says:

    My guess is marmalade and we actualy talked about this the other day in school and it was made from the quince

  72. blackwolf says:

    Marmalade!!!!! (Mary’s ill) and for the extra credit, the fuit is Quince!!! It helps to date someone who is from Argentina!!!!

  73. fyshdoc says:

    hi marina

    marmalade is the answer as noted above. when i feel blue i just watch one of you lesson. i learn something new and am reminded of something old.

    devoted student fyshdoc

  74. dude17 says:

    One phrase that I find interesting is “Half Assed.”

    It would be great if you could explore how it came about and please…

    don’t do a HALF ASSED job with your research!

    Thanks. Dude of Life

    P.S. Your website is great.

  75. From the explanation of the fruit that use to be used, my guess would have to be marmalade. The original fruit it was made of was a quince, or marmelo in the Portuguese.

    Also, I would like to request you to look at the origins of “euphoria.”

  76. m.philos says:

    You fans are too fast for me !

    “La reine Marie, malade, ne put manger que la marmelade ! ”
    nice legend, a pity it’s not true…

    yahoo answers got the very details on that :
    “Though made of oranges and lemons, the conserve called marmalade takes its name from the Latin melimelum or honey apple, which was some variety of apple grafted on quince stock. The Latin for honey apple became the Portuguese word for ‘quince’.”
    The portugese of 16th century made sugar preserve from it, called ‘marmalada’ .
    ” The first marmalades recorded, in the early 16th century, were made of quinces and brought to England from Portugal”

    Actually, here in France, at those times a thick paste made of quinces (coings) reduced with sugar was called ‘cotignac’ : still made in the center of France, it’s delicious !
    … dare I say just as your chronicles
    thanks , Marina

    • excited4etymology says:

      :?: That wouldn’t have anything to do with Cognac, France, where a very high quality brandy is made now would it?

      • m.philos says:

        ah, excited4…etymology,
        you induced a little search with your innocent question !

        It appears Cognac has nothing to do with cotignac :
        In South-East of France, very long ago, Provençal was spoken.
        quince was called “Codon” , codons cooked in wine or honey (no sugar at those times) was called “codonat” . this gave “coudoignac”.
        Rabelais in his book ‘Pantagruel’ the ever-eating-philosophing-travelling giant, mentioned “coudoignac”, which later contracted in “cotignac”

        Don’t want to appear snobbish, but my honor as a cook is in balance :
        with quince one can prepare *very* different preserves :
        – a fruit paste like cotignac,
        – a marmelade : very different since you put water wth fruit,
        this gives a mix of jelly and fruit
        – a pure quince jelly : extract perfume and throw the fruit
        mmm…quintessencial !

        I read also that -much like in Marocco-, eastern Europe countries use quince as a vegetable, say cooked with meat.
        Marina, do you confirm ?

      • m.philos says:

        …wait !
        the french wikipedia on ‘coing’ – quince gives the ultimate missing link !
        as always the mediterranean spreading of food/cooking recipes is the path words followed :

        one of the most regarded varieties if quince, comes from NW coast of Crete -in Greece- called “La Canée” (or « Cydon », « Kydonia ») .
        Quince was known in antique Greece as ‘μῆλα κυδώνια’ (Mela Kudonia) , or « Apple from Cydon », – hence its botanic genre « Cydonia »
        hence Codon in Provence !

        sorry for those who don’t care a fig :???:

    • utterance says:

      Indeed, Marina, MARMALADE was eaten long before Marie Antoinette was born. Though the QUINCE (AKA the Persian/Arabian/or Desert Pear) may be what you are looking for, archeological evidence is showing that the first perserves may have actually been cultured figs dating from 25,000 years ago.

      • eseverson says:

        I wonder if the “mar” in “marmalade” refers to the sea. “Mar” for sea and “malade” for sick. Could the word “seasick” come from that? I know it didn’t, but it would be funny if the word “marmalade” referred to seasickness. Assuming the spread came first, suppose the vomit from someone who is seasick resembled marmalade spread. It’s easy to see how wrong etymologies can seem like correct ones.

      • m.philos says:

        the legend has it for Mary, queen of Scots, rrather than Marie-Antoinette…
        this dates back a little more

      • utterance says:

        If correct, wouldn’t that make marmalade more or a Scotish word than a French one?

    • utterance says:

      Could you teach the word supercilious. As in the sentence: You’re actions would not be considered SUPERCILIOUS, if you dated this student. :-)

      Supercilious is an adjective meaning distainful; characterized by haughty scorn.

    • bibul says:

      Nice to meet french people on this site. (Je suis de Narbonne and wha about toi ?… :wink: )

  77. hankhoogwater says:

    It sounds like “marmelade” and “quince” :wink:

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