In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(comic)graciosocon chispaoh yes, terribly droll — sí, muy chistoso / gracioso ironic
- Ferguson was sympathetic enough about his stricken team-mate, but could not resist a bit of droll humour.
- Though not slapstick or of the knee-slapping variety, Hamer is droll and often wickedly subtle in his deadly strain of humour.
- They're droll, yet morbid, featuring amusing little colorful happy people behaving with perfect presence of mind as their 747 ditches into the Atlantic.
- The use of old cut-out photographs of the main protagonists, against backcloths, is a neat stylistic device and Evans' narration is droll and knowing.
- Surely the man who dispatched such droll rejection slips to thousands of chagrined writers should not be too dismayed to find himself paid back in kind-albeit with, as editors are wont to say, sincere regrets.
- The decorations alone, often of densely packed plants and flowers with a symbolic significance now lost on most of us, are astonishingly imaginative, sometimes bawdy and often droll.
- But just as often, the movie is droll, filled with pithy, hardboiled comebacks.
- The running commentary is informative and amusingly droll.
- Of course, the jokes are all on backwoods Southerners, so if that isn't an amusing subject to you, don't pick up this droll satire.
- No, I didn't do the chicken dance or anything so droll.
- Perhaps, I think, he just went out on one of his famous walks, walks that I shared for many droll miles.
- They were as droll as when I saw them back in February.
- The whole scenario is rather droll at this point.
- The duke was characteristically droll about his political career.
- No matter how serious the topics, there will always be instances when it's impossible not to smile, so droll are the minimalist observations and asides.
- Many of the show's laughs derive from Lee's droll determination to take the ditty literally: how can an owl play a small guitar?
- The tabloids did their thing, were quite droll about it.
- He made the tasting far less arduous than his younger, more dashing, but decidedly less droll counterpart who was running the show this time around.
- He's rather droll when he frames his request, but it's a sincere one.
- If you're looking for a nice enough, quirky and droll adventure film that you won't remember on Monday, then here's your movie.
2(quaint, curious)curiosoa droll little fellow — un hombrecillo estrafalario
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