In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- A barbican is a city's first line of defence: and Railtrack is a company under siege.
- The original gate was built in the early 12 th century, the archway still showing Norman influence; in the 14th century it was heightened to accommodate a portcullis, and a barbican was added.
- Known as a barbican, this part of the castle would have a drawbridge, a portcullis, arrow slits, machicolations (murder holes) - any devise that was thought to be useful at stopping the enemy.
- The gatehouse is approached via a brick barbican, a defensive outwork furnished with arrow slits and end turrets.
- Access has not altered since the fourteenth century, when the maritime republic, then known as Ragusa, completed its two land gates, with barbicans, and two sea gates feeding the harbour.
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Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
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