In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(cheerfully)(laugh/dance/wave) alegrementeshe was gaily dressed — llevaba una ropa muy alegre
- I'm flying past cosy cottages with daffodils waving gaily as I zip by.
- The toilet paper of 1930 was gaily advertised as ‘splinter-free!’
- ‘Oh, it is nothing,’ returned Chopin, gaily, ‘We each have our own style.’
- Christy laughed haughtily, waved gaily at them, then took off again, in case her little taunt had - by any chance - brought on a second wind for them.
- One early morning at an elementary school bus stop, I gaily waved at the visible faces of our future leaders and innovators, children whose dreams and innocence were yet unscathed by disappointment or grim reality.
- ‘Sometimes I think we're like the first-class passengers on the Titanic, sailing gaily to our doom with the champagne flowing, the lights blazing and the band playing on,’ Ms Caplin mused.
- ‘There is no criminality here,’ she said, smiling gaily.
- The Cardinal was greeted on arrival 46 years ago by a great concourse of parishioners who had gaily decorated the roads leading to the new church with bunting and scrolls, many of which were Irish.
- The real monster in them, he said later, is the amused narrator, ‘the young foreigner who passed gaily through these scenes of desolation, misinterpreting them to suit his childish fantasy’.
- Behind them trails the Jumbo Queen, feted by her weighty ladies-in-waiting, waving gaily at the crowd.
- He saw us all peering out from the Club and waved gaily to us, like royalty.
- The ladies sat at the stern of each boat to cheer their rowers on, waving handkerchiefs and laughing gaily at the sport.
- Laurel apparently felt them watching her, and she waved to them, smiling gaily.
- Already provoked with sharp pins on which ribbons flutter gaily, the bull rushes frenziedly out and stands in the middle of the arena, looking confused by the roar of applause.
- He was humming this hum to himself, and walking gaily along, wondering what everybody else was doing, and what it felt like, being somebody else, when suddenly he came to a sandy bank, and in the bank was a large hole.
- Keeping this thought to himself, however, Dev simply grinned and waved gaily.
- Every one of these special interests have recently received tax loopholes, subsidies and regulatory advantages from Washington, and they want more, which is why they are partying so gaily with the parties.
- She sang gaily waving her arms and then rotating her middle as if in a dance.
- The tenants were harvesting in the fields, children raced about in wild play and waved gaily when the carriage came in sight.
- As Nicholas and Colette gaily threw horseshoes, laughing merrily and cheering the other on, Caroline stood at the back.
2(unconcernedly, blithely)(admit/concede) como si tal (cosa)she gaily went on doing it — siguió haciéndolo como si tal (cosa)
- It was this Lord Chancellor, after all, who gaily announced that he had abolished himself, only to discover that the constitution didn't allow him to do so.
- So you won't be hearing from me until then - assuming that I make it out alive and without that cow disease people caught at Glastonbury after gaily flinging wet dirt at each other for the festival's duration.
- Suddenly, King looked not fashionably late to the party, but awkwardly, disastrously late, swinging gaily through the doors just as the caterers were starting to pack up the crockery.
- We have skipped gaily down the yellow brick road towards 50% participation, without ever asking whether it is a good thing for half the population to possess a university degree.
- But why is it some people are the soul of sobriety and never suffer the next day with a hangover, while others can't help behaving badly when the wine is flowing and gaily fling all their inhibitions into the file marked B for bin?
- But no, she gaily turns it down to zero and tells me this might be an opportunity to slip out to town and change the gloves I bought her at Christmas for something not quite as orange and perhaps in an adult size.
- You looked forward to parking your car gaily, anywhere, without the hassle of a parking attendant breathing down your back waving a parking slip.
- Only a Christian culture can ‘go gaily in the dark’.
- How dare our scientists gaily produce such ‘unnatural’ organisms.
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