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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- ‘Here, wash your face,’ he was told as he was handed a facecloth, soap and towel.
- The soap looked rough and small, obviously on its last legs and the facecloth, faded grey from too many washes, had seen better days.
- Both hand towel and facecloth are embroidered with a lavender and are available in colour set or mix the colours to suit yourself.
- After using you simply throw the facecloth into an attendant basket.
- You will find a toothbrush, facecloth and a bar of soap in the top drawer of your table.
- Look for facecloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone.
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