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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- In the nineteenth century, Plimsoll was credited with naming the Plimsoll line, a line that shows the depth to which a properly loaded ship can be immersed in water without sinking.
- It does not have a Plimsoll line like a cargo vessel.
- Below this a single Plimsoll mark, ‘VI ‘, showing the draft of the tug in feet.’
- Belisha beacons, bobbies on the beat, Big Ben, a ship's Plimsoll line - all are familiar terms with their origins in the names of notable MPs of their age.
- Life-jackets, boats, signals, Plimsoll line, radio, all made navigation safer.
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.