In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Every so often there is a frenzy of activity, involving the chorus charging off stage or a supremely inelegant dance.
- The great man's house was a contrast: a large and inelegant structure, painted white outside but with the rooms inside very dark.
- Drink choices include a house red and white wine (served in an inelegant tumbler), teas, coffees and juices.
- I want him to feel so unhappy that he makes an inelegant departure.
- The use of inelegant and possibly inappropriate kanji floored me, and to top it all off, I was sitting in front of speakers blasting Indian fusion music.
- While he continues to deliver low blows in equally inelegant packaging, his apologists say he merely has an unclassifiable sense of humour.
- It may have looked somewhat inelegant, but it worked so well for 45 years that it attracted international attention.
- For too long sword-wielding psychos have been brought down with bullets or capsicum spray, methods which are not only unfair, but inelegant.
- My walk is an inelegant bob… as if navigating a choppy sea.
- The penultimate movement (in which the four soloists sing with both choirs) just sort of unravelled at the end and slumped to a very inelegant mess.
- In the end I had to take off my jacket, wedge it into the footing and make my way down in an inelegant tangle of legs and arms.
- When you reach a certain age, it's kind of inelegant to date.
- Second only to the inelegant word ‘Kafkaesque’, the term ‘Orwellian’ is the next most over-used adjective in the English language.
- It was brutish and inelegant but hugely enjoyable.
- An inelegant or nonstandard repair that nevertheless works.
- From the late 1960s the hotel slid into a prolonged and inelegant decline.
- It was dark and slightly inelegant, and I thought it was so cool.
- In 37 years it has never looked so inelegant and bedraggled.
- His ungainly, inelegant posture can leave him exposed against nimbler opponents, and he easily attracts ridicule.
- Good games can be elegant or inelegant, elegant games can be good or bad.
- There is a clunky, inelegant quality to these objects that is matched by the deliberately crude quality of the plywood tables and shelves on which they rest.
- The young gentleman listens manfully to my abortive attempts to demonstrate my interest with a light smile, while I slowly turn an inelegant purple.
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.
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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.