In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1derogatory, archaic(illegitimate child)bastardo masculinebastarda feminineguacho masculine Southern Cone derogatory informalguacha feminine Southern Cone derogatory informal
- Besides, my marriage means my son is a legitimate child, not a bastard as these rumor mongers would have you believe.
- For one, a bastard is a child conceived out of wedlock, which you weren't, and for second, I'm sure your parents had every intention of conceiving you.
- I am merely a bastard, born to one of his secondary wives.
- He talked to him and convinced him that this wedding should take place as soon as possible because his bride does not want their son to be born a bastard.
- To his warped mind it appeared that his natural father had robbed him of his rightful inheritance by having him born a bastard, and this whole affair was no more than the result of his terrible revenge!
2.1(despicable male)cabrón masculine informal vulgar slanghijo de puta masculine vulgar slang
- Those wretched bastards must be pleased with their work.
- I hate being helpless when those rich powerful bastards beat mother.
- The bastards won't change their behaviour until their business goes under because all the good workers have gone to good employers.
- She fell out with the ungrateful bastards of that particular branch of my mother's extended family, and we didn't visit that bunch this year.
- I am a bastard, incorrigible, ungentlemanly and a beast.
- But although her father hadn't been bad to her, he'd been a complete bastard to her mother, and she hated him for that.
- As last time, we were all a little fatter, balder and/or greyer, apart from the bastards who hadn't changed at all.
- Even if you were a reporter like those irritating bastards who hound me every second of every day, you wouldn't know!
- Mostly, though, they're bastards but one of them is your bastard.
- I'd be willing to bet that he's been planning this for years… what a lowlife bastard.
- So we like to judge our actions as those of good people dealing with ‘the real world’, instead of as natural bastards doing what bastards do naturally.
- To me they were all dogs, scum, idiots, bastards… well, you get the point.
- Names have been changed to protect the bastard.
- Soon I'll be allowed to dislike art without old bastards nodding wisely.
- I need to stop trying to change people who like being rat bastards.
- Had he refused to cooperate, she would have labelled him ‘a bastard, a fascist, an idiot,’ as was her wont.
- He's a bastard, a brute, an offense to human decency.
- Those little bastards who criticise me don't understand.
- Okay that was the dumbest speculation I've ever had and you bastards let me say it like some sort of idiot.
- All these years I comforted myself by telling myself that I was too good for the irresponsible man, and that I didn't need the good-for-nothing bastard.
2.2British (person)tipo masculine informalthe poor bastard! — ¡pobre desgraciado!
- And I thought, I don't want to bother this poor bastard, but I have to get in to save me boy!
- The poor little bastard's still out there somewhere.
- And in lots of ways I've been a lucky, jammy bastard.
- Some people get to go home today - lucky bastards.
- He laid down his card and agreed, ‘Lucky bastard.’
- I'm just one of the lucky bastards who got funding.
- It's not going to be my fault when some poor, watermarked bastard gets dragged off to Guantanamo Bay.
- Even Leo's not half bad in it despite the fact the poor squeaky bastard never has a chance against DDL.
- He glanced back one more time to his friends in time to catch Alan mouth the words, ‘Lucky bastard.’
- You know Kashiro, unlike you I am a poor weak bastard.
- I'm sorry, man, you must be a lonely poor bastard.
- I'm desperate to see whether Yoichi finally gets a lucky break - poor little bastard.
- Then Stan sent me this, probably the most unfortunate of all, poor bastard!
- If that's all you have to worry about, Tom, then you are one lucky bastard.
- But, in the end, he settled for the position of Admiral, and watched every other lucky bastard as they boarded, what should have been, his ship.
- I was only trying to be friendly, the poor little bastards must've been starving if nobody was feeding them.
2.3British (nasty, difficult thing)this oven's a bastard (of a thing) to clean — limpiar este horno es muy jodido vulgar slang
- Avant garde/underground short films are an absolute bastard to get hold of.
- I've read about 100 pages these last two days and gotten a bastard of a headache for my troubles.
- This was an absolute bastard (the descent was also a bit hairy due to a strong sidewind).
- The filling is a bastard of a mix of crunchy water chestnuts, baby corn, cilantro and ground peanuts.
- It was a difficult bastard to empty and move, as it's a ‘waveless’ type and the waddy stuff inside retains heaps of water and makes it heavy.
- Golf is a bastard of a game.
- And for three skinny fellows, they make an absolute bastard of a guitar racket.
- If you want my opinion, it's a bastard of a game - swift, bold and beautiful.
- A shorter trip than usual this week - it's hard to travel with a bastard of a headcold.
- After taking ages to get ready, and a bastard of a commute, we were running late.
- It's a bastard of a fine line to walk with Wainwright being more self aware than your average flamboyant drama queen opera fan.
- After all my rabbiting on about the foolishness of those plebs who choose to spurn the way of the Proper Bow Tie, I've had a bastard of a time for the last couple of days figuring out how the heck you actually tie one.
- But hey, don't give up on me, Jo. It's nearly Christmas, it's been a bastard of a year, and I'd love to talk to you.
- Though, when I do want to make an effort, I face an absolute bastard of a hurdle: my hair.
- I've just come down with a bastard of a cold, got me thinking along these lines.
- Of course, next time I post I'll probably be sitting here nursing a bastard of a hangover and a misanthropic grudge against the universe as per usual, so make the most of it.
1(illegitimate)bastardoguacho Southern Cone derogatory informal
2(of mixed origin)(breed) híbrido
3Technology(size/thread) de tamaño no estándar
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.