Thanks, Gretchen for pointing to my super-tough, but fun Etymologic! word origins game on your weblog! In fact, if you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should: Etymologic! is an award-winning word game based on etymology, or word origins. A typical question might be: through what avenue did the word denim enter the English language? (it’s a tough game. Be prepared!)
The game came about because my friend Kevin Savetz and I had built a web-based computer trivia game called trivial.net, and since I’d written the game engine, I thought “wouldn’t it be cool to have the same engine work with a different quiz database?” and so Etymologic was born. In its first generation it was “Where’s THAT From?” but when I moved it to its own domain it was renamed. And that’s the scoop!