In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- The term funny bone (also once called the crazy bone) seems to have arisen out of a pun.
- All the nerves were torn in the elbow, right where the crazy bone is located.
- I was even more perplexed when I learned from my dictionary that crazy bone also has the metaphoric meaning of ‘a sense of humor.’
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.