In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Pondering again the origin of the three marooned Douglas firs, I recalled once seeing, on a crisp fall day, a flock of Cassin's finches dismembering ripe subalpine fir cones while a steady rain of seeds fluttered to the ground.
- Sprinkle essential oils, orange and cinnamon perhaps, to a bowl of fir cones, Christmas tree cuttings and dried orange slices for a wonderful Christmas potpourri.
- While its needles (actually modified leaves) are still alive and fresh, we decorate the tree with colorful glass globes, tinsel, red winterberries from a deciduous holly, spruce and fir cones, and cotton to simulate snow.
- A player placed a fir cone against his ball to prevent the ball from moving when removing some other loose impediments.
- The barrels of the cannons on deck seem to have been given the form of giant fir cones.
- The game of Poohsticks was invented here by Winnie-the-Pooh and was first played by him and his friends Rabbit, Piglet, and Roo. They collected fir cones and then, standing on one side of the bridge, each dropped a cone into the water.
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.