In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Gareth was holding my hands, absently brushing his thumbs back and forth like he always does.
- I stare absently at the pattern of the fabric on the seats, an angular blur of red, grey and blue.
- He sat up and looked at her, absently tapping the edge of the piano keys without making a sound.
- She was absently chewing her bottom lip and her eyes stared blankly into space.
- He kicked it absently as he made his way to the entrance, his arms folded over his torso, his teeth chattering from the biting cold.
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.