In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- And there was a fascinating account of the castrati, the male singers who lost their testicles before puberty.
- The recital concludes with a rarely heard aria with cello obbligato from Arianna, written for the soprano castrato Carlo Scalzi.
- We tend to associate Handel operas with high voiced prima donnas, the castrati and the sopranos.
- The sole extant example of the castrato voice dates from the dawn of recorded sound, and the singer in question was advanced in years at the time.
- His falsetto voice captures the chimerical sound of the castrati with eerie accuracy, something that becomes clear when we hear a scratchy recording of the last castrato, Moreschi, made at the turn of the 20th century.
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.