The story goes that a Dublin theatre proprietor by the name Richard Daly made a bet that he could, within forty-eight hours, make a nonsense word known throughout the city, and that the public would give a meaning to it. After the performance one evening, he gave off his staff cards with the word ‘Quiz’ written on them and told them to write the word on walls around the city. The next day the strange word was the talk of the town and within a short time had become part of the language.
Everyone these days is interested in quizzing. Quizzing is celebrated by popular television programs like Kaun Banega Crorepathi, Kya Aap paanchvi paas se tez hain, Dus Ka dum etc dishing out huge sums in prize money. While the not so prize-rich quiz contests like Landmark, Odyssey, IIT open, Tata Crucible etc., are made popular by the purists and enthusiasts.
The Ad Club Businessline Quiz programme sponsored by The Hindu Businessline is hugely popular among the advertising fraternity with executives offering to participate from far away cities like Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Rourkela.