In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- A ball game, also known as jai alai, that developed in the Basque Country. It is played in Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Florida. The game has similarities to squash and fives. It is played in a frontón, a court with three high walls. The players use a cesta, a long, concave basket attached to their hand with a strap, to throw and catch the ball against the wall. The ball reaches high speeds and spectators watch from behind a metal fence. Pelota is played by two teams of two players. It is a professional game on which spectators place bets.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.