In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- I have no idea how it's manufactured, but it's a kind of alum, a double sulfate of aluminum in crystal salt form.
- This, washed and then boiled, yielded aluminium sulphate, which, when ammonia was added, became alum.
- Astringent varieties contain alum, which makes your mouth pucker when the fruits are eaten before they're fully ripe.
- One site said that clarifying agents could control snails, so I sent my son to the chemist for alum.
- It could also be treated by rubbing salt, brain or potash alum into the surface to produce a very pale leather.
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.