In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- All the girls started their bottom drawers at the age of 13 and learned words like ‘elbow grease’ and phrases like ‘be seen and not heard’, ‘speak when you're spoken to’ and ‘a lady doesn't notice such things’.
- In one corner you have easy-going bloke, all the time in the world for settling down and having kids; in the other you have borderline insane female who has a bottom drawer bursting with Baby Gap.
- It is a great idea for anyone who, like me, is getting married but has been living in sin for years and so has a bottom drawer full of towels, bedding, frying pans and cut glass.
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.