In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1hablar entre dientes(grumble) refunfuñar(grumble) rezongarwhat are you muttering on about? — ¿se puede saber por qué refunfuñas / rezongas?
- Democrats mutter about the president's secret plan to transform homeland security into a flag-draped campaign issue.
- His friend began muttering in German and what I possibly believe is that they were talking about me.
- They began muttering, and he heard a chair scrape across the floor, followed quickly by three more.
- The four friends and the men begin muttering, then asking us loudly why only she got the money, then arguing with her.
- The swordsmen began to mutter to each other, hoping their superiors wouldn't hear their complaints; they were bored too, but at least they weren't caged up.
- Passengers' eyes divert to Lauren and they begin to mutter incoherently about her.
- So he said no, privately muttering that his team shouldn't have to compromise to make up for the mistakes of others.
- People began muttering under their breath as the moments went by and no one saw any danger.
- The other Freelancers had all been watching avidly at this point, and all began to mutter to themselves.
- By 11, his colleagues had not arrived and several people began muttering over their absence.
- The people were beginning to mutter about the Empress' German origins.
- When she motioned me over the kids began whispering, muttering that I must have been shoplifting or something.
- The men around him began to mutter worriedly - their morale was starting to decay.
- More cynical Ukrainians have already begun to mutter that all politicians are the same in the end.
- Still, it was easier to mutter in private and unsettle his wife with threats of going public than actually doing anything.
1(thanks/apology) mascullar(thanks/apology) farfullarwhy don't you shut up? she muttered — —¿por qué no te callas de una vez? —dijo entre dientes
- Sometimes I'd hear a melodic fragment or a texture, or it might sound like voices muttering in an unintelligible language.
- He found his voice and managed to mutter her name.
- ‘Finally they get what they deserve,’ I heard a voice behind me mutter.
- Without even having to strain his ears, he could overhear the girl muttering to herself in annoyance.
- Alan barely had time to mutter a quick ‘Night’, before Jason was gone, leaving Alan more confused than ever.
- He could barely mutter back a response to any of my statements.
- He was heard muttering in a barely audible voice.
- ‘No,’ she mutters, her voice coming from directly over me.
- I follow sullenly, muttering something barely coherent, concerning lies and unfairness.
- The lights were still on at my house and I walked in, barely muttering a goodnight to him.
- However, as soon as we heard Rosemary's voice I heard Danielle mutter a little ‘uh-oh.’
- A few turned to stare as she stood there, green eyes blinking curiously, voices muttering.
- He managed to nudge his partner, and together they rose, muttering in tones of voice too low and quiet for her to hear.
- He had barely muttered his problems, but the old lady had a keen sense of hearing.
- As he leaves, he mutters something that was barely heard.
- The big woman knelt down and gathered up Rose's books, muttering apologies in a deep, quiet voice.
- ‘Whatever,’ I mutter irritably, not bothering to hide my disapproval.
- The chef mutters something about being in shock.
- ‘There is something you could do,’ Abe mutters in a low voice.
- She replied so quietly that he could barely hear her voice muttering her name.
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