In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- James took a pull of the coke can in his hand, and whistled a few tuneless bars of the national anthem.
- He sat as silently and as still as he could, his eyes shut, thinking private thoughts and listening to Max's tuneless, wandering hum.
- It does feature some the most tuneless whistling we've heard committed to record in a long time.
- Derek was trying to persuade the manager to play some of his music - tuneless, grating, and likely to cause stomach ulcers.
- Outside, the first sea birds screeched and offered their own tuneless, harsh version of a dawn chorus.
- They should spend a little less time smoking wacky baccy and listening to that tuneless rubbish called dance music, and rather more time being seen and not heard.
- I usually don't listen to tuneless sound collages, but at the end of this album, I was willing to give anything a try.
- British English, however it may have sounded in Shakespeare's day, has acquired a poetry-enhancing speech melody that tuneless, flat American cannot match.
- The sound was awful, each song was a tuneless, discordant dirge.
- Most people fled the pub after the first verse of my tuneless homage to the maestro of Drury Lane musicals,
- A new piano is just a tuneless lump of strings and wood - a classy piece of furniture, or a rather cumbersome ornament.
- Will we have to listen to her tuneless chanting for eternity?
- He did not even appear to be listening; his eyes were on the floor of the cave, his hands in his pockets, and his lips were pursed in a tuneless whistle.
- We listened to several tuneless renditions of Little Donkey then breathed collective sighs of relief as we heard them shuffle on to the next house.
- For seven minutes the quartet play a tuneless dirge that occasionally changes and is entwined with a slowly oscillating synthesizer.
- In a good mood once again, he hummed a tuneless melody and headed back for his room.
- As I hung up he'd started to whistle, that wobbly tuneless whistle that's unmistakeably elderly.
- Oh, the joy of hearing a top-class brass section and not the ugly tuneless gabbling which passes for popular music today.
- He was a vast hulk of a man, who hummed a tuneless melody to himself as he lumbered down the corridors.
- Every song sounds like a somewhat tuneless reprise, albeit not of itself; one is entitled ‘Nothing Will Ever Be the Same,’ although disproof lies close at hand.
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.