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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- He was the rotter who sometimes got ahead of me in the Covent Garden gallery queue and took over what I thought of as my seat on the centre gangway of the front row.
- The party-pooping rotters have now left local children in tears at the prospect of facing Christmas without their favourite novelty garden decoration.
- The dueling scene where we go from hating the rotter to feeling pity for him to hating him again when he finds a way to screw Casanova over was masterly.
- Just as the FBI has its ‘most wanted’ list of criminals, American women have their own ‘most dastardly’ list of unfaithful rotters and cheats.
- No soap is without its stock rotter, this one appearing in the guise of a male chauvinist pig.
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