In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- One photograph reminded me of a time long ago, when I was just a child and the likes of traveling minstrels, tinkers, gypsies, rag-and-bone men et al, were the norm.
- Now virtually extinct, the rag-and-bone man was once a familiar figure trundling his cart along suburban streets with his age-old cry: ‘Any old RAG-bones!’
- Twentieth century mainstream British art has been immeasurably enriched by the paintings of the retired Cornish fisherman and rag-and-bone man, Alfred Wallis.
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.