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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- As soon as de Rosarieux's line hits the water, a mottled herring gull lands on the prow, inches away, waiting for the first fish.
- I remember climbing over shipwrecks, bending close to inspect a motionless herring gull, then the long hike away from him, headed north, up the endless beach.
- J. A. Allen dispelled the notion that two species of Herring Gull exist, the American and the European herring gull.
- Black-headed gull and herring gull belong to the same family and are obviously more closely related than the other two species pairs.
- London postmen refused to deliver mail to a usually quiet street following attacks by what one resident described as a ‘slightly psycho herring gull.’
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.