In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The corvids of North America consist of one species of jackdaw, four crows, two ravens, one nutcracker, two magpies, and ten species of jays.
- The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks.
- A cliff is nest site for jackdaws; they pop in and out of the football and fist-sized holes in the soft yellow magnesian limestone.
- There are 113 members of the avian family called Corvidae, or corvids, which includes crows, jackdaws, rooks, ravens, as well as jays, nutcrackers and magpies.
- A clothesline is the strongest indication that this battered house is occupied, although jackdaws seem to be nesting in the chimney.
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.