Etymologic! is the toughest etymology (word origin) game on the app store.

In this etymology game you'll be presented with 10 randomly selected etymology (word origin) or word definition puzzles to solve; in each case the word or phrase is highlighted in bold, and a number of possib
le answers will be presented. You need to choose the correct answer to score a point for that question. Beware! The false answers will often also seem quite plausible, and some of the true answers are hard to believe, but we have doc
Oh, and in case you're wondering, the word etymology comes from the Greek word 'etymos', which means real, or true, and the -ology ending indicates that it's the study of, or science of. Put them together and you get the study or sci
ence of the real or true. Impressive, eh?

What's New

Version 1.5

* Enhanced for the iPhone 5 and new iPad.
* Added the ability to report feedback if you disagree with an answer.

Ratings and Reviews

Very informative


Much more fun and tricky than expected. Beautiful artwork and great that I can take on the go on my phone as well!

Developer needs to study computer entomology...


...the app is VERY buggy. The numbering of the questions is not correct: the point is to get as many question correct out of 10 as you can. I answered at least three #2's. Also, the space assigned to the answers is innaccurate. Many times, even when the correct answer is selected, the game records it as incorrect, or vice-versa. Furthermore, sometimes, not all the answers appear on the page. I was just confronted with a question that had two choices, neither of which I believed to be correct, I selected the one that sounded more plausible and was, of course, wrong. As is customary, the correct answer was displayed -- a response that was not even a choice!

Fix the bugs and I will upgrade the rating.

Would be nice. . .


It would be nice if it worked right. I was enjoying it; it's like trivial pursuit for words. But it's buggy. It started putting up questions with no choices, and hanging there. Nothing to do but leave the game and start over. Frustrating.

Also, it repeats items a bit too often. It's boring to see a question on two games in a row, or even a couple games apart, especially if you're having to start new games frequently because of the bug.

Fix the bug and it'd be 4 stars for me. Fix both these issues, and it'd be five.


Brian Egge
22.2 MB
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© Ring 3 Software


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