In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1plantificar coloquialponershe plonked herself down on the sofa — se desplomó en el sofá
- They waved us to empty chairs, plonking cups filled with coffee as thick as treacle in front of us - and, completely unperturbed, carried on raising the roof.
- We plonked the stone down where it was to live, stood back, looked at one another, nodded, and the decision was made.
- He plonks his boots next to him, I make the mistake of moving them to sit down, and he quickly retrieves them from the ground.
- They have just spent £60,000 of public money, plonking speed bumps and concrete chicanes on a country road where accidents were rare and dangerous speeding was nearly impossible.
- ‘I've discovered Night Nurse,’ he announced cheerfully, plonking the bottle on the side table.
- I plonked my case on the conveyor belt and stood back as they watched the contents appear on the little monitor.
- The hairdresser plonked me down in her spinning salon chair, took a handful of my hair and exclaimed gleefully,
- The one-to-one dialogue gives children the chance to practise speech, something not achieved by plonking them in front of a television set.
- An investigation is under way after a new speed camera was plonked right in front of a recently erected warning sign for a dangerous Coppull bridge - partially obscuring it.
- I ordered the meal with the funniest name, but then realised this was a mistake when the waiter plonked a plate consisting of nothing but vegetables, squid and pheasant eggs in front of me.
- I pulled the samples out, plonked them on the table and started talking about them, looking round the room and catching people's eyes as I was talking.
- Then he asked me to try some, but I didn't wish to as I had tried his wife's pork but he plonked some on my plate anyway.
- He yanked a chair out from under the table, plonking his keys and other paraphernalia down.
- The skinhead came up to me with a grin, plonking his pint on my table, and asking how I was.
- ‘We have some left over bacon’ Henrietta said and she carelessly plonked the strips of meat into the same frying pan as the eggs.
- He plonks a small, beautifully-made mechanical instrument on the desk in front of me.
- Then he plonked the teapot in the middle of the table.
- He takes the glass from me, plonking it down on his desk - a little too hard, if you ask me.
- When we meet he plonks his keys on the table and there is a picture of a little girl on his key-ring.
- Brenda plonks two packets of dried prunes and a scotchbrite on the counter.
2(make plonking sound)he plonked away at the piano — aporreaba el piano
- For instance, I agree entirely with his description of the music as ‘two plinks, a plonk, and a grrr!’
- The weakest element is the soundtrack - rhythmic rattles and plops, clonks, clicks and plonks, with vague background song - rather a letdown.
- I cherished the symbols of dominion so soon to be objects of ridicule or subjects of parody - the plonk of the cricket ball, the stamp of the sentry's boot, the hymns and the silly rituals that spoke of old certitudes.
1¡plaf!it fell plonk onto the floor — cayó ¡plaf! al suelo
1(mediocre wine)vino peleón masculino coloquialvinacho masculino coloquial
- Later when he moved up to Chiswick, it was much the same sort of evening, but the plonk got better.
- Although still associated in the minds of most wine drinkers with cheap, fizzy plonk, perfectly decent restaurants are daring to add aluminium-capped bottles to their cellars.
- Wine now accounts for almost a quarter of alcohol sales, with Australian plonk accounting for six of the top ten wine brands sold in Britain.
- There is always someone around to pick you up. ‘If Eliza keeps swilling the plonk like that, she had better hope so.’
- Would you decant a £2.99 bottle of plonk into an empty bottle of Beaune Pinot-Noir to impress your guests?
- Ever wondered how you can test your taste buds' ability to tell the difference between cheap plonk and fine wines?
- Having eaten in nearby restaurants, this is a great place to let your food settle with a bottle of reasonably priced plonk.
- Then it jumped, and Kate screamed again, and Mike did drop the plonk, which began to spread across the floor like a blood stain.
- My advice is to get a few bottles of plonk at the off-licence and get down to Ethas Kitchen, only a five minute drive away - a place that oozes ambience and offers quality dishes in a very unpretentious surrounding.
- It used to be a Saturday night thing, go down to his place, make some pasta and get smashed on cheap plonk.
- Meeting the maker, tasting the plonk, and hopefully coming back for more.
- Tomorrow morning, there will be some excruciating hangovers in our party, produced by a relatively small amount of plonk.
- He doesn't mind drinking plonk, but says that ‘like a lot of people in their forties, I'd rather have one really good bottle than 20 bottles of bad stuff’.
- Spanish wine, which was higher in alcohol than other wines, was regarded mainly as cheaper heady plonk, and better, more expensive, wines were often cut with it.
- And they have to wash the whole thing down with a pint of lager or some cheap and plentiful plonk.
- We got a call two nights ago, at about 10 or 11 pm, just as we were planning to get really shloshed on a few bottles of cheap plonk.
- Jilly comes back into the room and tops up the plonk.
- The Calgary restaurant wine scene has come a long way since a barrage of steak houses pushed gallons of cheap plonk down our throats via the infamous half-litre carafe.
- If memory serves, main courses were about £9.00 a time, and bottles of decent plonk from their limited wine list were about £12.00.
- I haven't even succeeded in my most basic quest which is to find an everyday red plonk that I won't get bored with by the second glass.
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.