In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- In order to refer to the activity denoted by the F-word, it is necessary to engage in circumlocution or periphrasis.
- The parodic cupid's dart is described with the maximum of periphrasis compatible with not actually disguising what the organ is, ‘a piece of flesh, the characteristic part of a barrow-pig’.
- Such recondite periphrasis brought its own reward.
- Can one be an avid fan of a book - or is this lazy-minded periphrasis for ‘favourite’?
- When Johnson refers to his mind as ‘Summus… celsa dominator [in] arce ’, the elaborate periphrasis mockingly dramatizes the blustery ‘empty force’ of his mind's pretensions.
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.