In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- He told me a story about how he duped some UFO buff with a cockamamy story about how he witnessed a UFO.
- The movie is in such a rush, charging headlong from crisis to fiasco, it's hard not to get carried away by its mad, cockamamie rhythm.
- First thing we gotta do is concoct some kind of cockamamie contraption that'll get us out of this mess.
- If you expect me to fall for that cockamamie story that you just told, you've clearly lost your mind!
- He has espoused some cockamamie theories about the secret society.
- Frankly, though, I think he's too nice about it: this ‘theory’ is so cockamamie that it belongs with the tin foil hat brigade.
- He may practice cockamamie politics, but he's a very talented actor and director, and I'm proud of him for finally winning.
- In the end they picked me up on the street for some cockamamy charge and held me, just for an hour, nothing very terrible.
- There is this crazy cockamamie story that went around that we had signed some pact.
- I wasn't the one who talked me into this cockamamy adventure in the first place.
- My wife is on some cockamamie diet right now that is pretty unappetizing.
- Both groups toss aside any fact that gets in their way and trumpet any cockamamie cure-all that supports their goals.
- It will be our cockamamie ideologies that will start to not fit.
- Then what makes you think this cockamamie plan is going to work?
- Someone comes up with this cockamamie theory that an e-mail could melt down all the computers and maybe even blow up all the buildings.
- Well, scrap that cockamamie, and sales-slumping, idea.
- Once you have real evidence, not some conjectured, cockamamie theory, call me.
- They spend hours convoluting cockamamie stories that work in their pea-brains and expect us to go ‘wow, that sure is smart.’
- This cockamamie human rights inquisition outfit found him guilty of hate.
- No wonder they've been making such cockamamie decisions.
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.