In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Outside the breeding season you will always find greenfinches in small flocks.
- Birds will be roosting in your Leylandii hedge - especially greenfinches which prefer to roost in conifer.
- In the mid 1960s deaths from salmonellosis were reported in greenfinches and house sparrows feeding at bird tables in gardens.
- Two or more greenfinches will fly some distance to the garden shrub Daphne mezereum L., usually in June, to devour every one of its hundreds of large seeds.
- The numbers of greenfinches have increased over the years, but so have the primroses!
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.