In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- Methane is often called marsh gas because it forms in swamps and marshes from the underwater decomposition of plant and animal material.
- The smell of sulfurous marsh gas drifted over the stockade to mix with the smell of disease and spoiling food.
- Occasionally a hiss of marsh gas would sound, like a snake's venomous warning.
- The cow came loose from the bog with a fearful sucking noise and an overwhelming smell of marsh gas.
- In 1914, marsh gas explosions occurred in the Lumb Lane district of Bradford.
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