In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1drat (it)! — ¡caray! coloquial
- drat him! — ¡maldito sea!
- She'd been obsessed with him, ever since, ever since… Oh I don't know, drat!
- I scan 24 and get out the credit card - but the site is unable to accept orders at the moment, drat the luck.
- ‘Oh, drat,’ I muttered, doing my Victor Meldrew impression.
- And drat the luck, the search got just odd enough to tip the anecdote to column status, but not great column status.
- Drat and double drat - no AA batteries in the house.
- My life, drat the luck, is nothing but incremental improvements - and all these little modifications are so twitchy and unstable I have to buy service contracts for the day when they blow up.
- I was thinking I'd be farther along in my nefarious plans before I got a super hero… drat it.
- On preview: most of these have been mentioned already - drat having to work in the middle of posting!
- Mind you, I'll be moving next month, so I'll be out of the neighbourhood - drat.
- We were going to head up the riverfront boulevard, but drat the luck: the driver noted that the tunnel beneath the bridge was three inches too short, and any attempt to go through the passageway would decapitate the people on the upper desk.
- No, wait, that was her name… drat, I didn't write down the name.
- Oh drat… did I make a mistake with the growing spell?
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