In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Kept secret until after the war, they were respectively called americium and curium.
- The lifetimes of the first ‘transuranium’ elements - such as plutonium, curium and californium - were very close to the values predicted by the liquid-drop model.
- Release of plutonium, americium and curium could occur from laboratory or industrial accidents.
- It is prepared artificially by bombarding curium with alpha particles in a particle accelerator.
- All isotopes of curium are radioactive with curium - 247 having the longest half life, about 16 million years.
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.