General Knowledge Trivia Quiz

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An earful of Latin

The sounds we hear are transmitted from the outer to the inner ear by three small, distinctively-shaped bones called the malleus, the incus and the stapes. In English, these are:

A) The bell, the horn and the lyre
B) The ring, the shield and the spoon
C) The hammer, the anvil and the stirrup
D) The hook, the fish and the snail

Your answer — A) The bell, the horn and the lyre — was incorrect.

These tiny bones, called “ossicles”, are the smallest in the human body. The hammer is in contact with the eardrum, and transmits its vibrations via the anvil to the stirrup, which passes them on to the inner ear.

Something for music students...

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