In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Adults had hobnailed shoes, but hobnails were not found with children so they were bare-foot or wore un-nailed shoes.
- Of the other material categories, footwear is as likely to be absent as present - although without hobnails and suitable conditions for preservation, we cannot be certain about frequency.
- Leather shoes lasted no time at all without hobnails, and conversely, floors, whether of stone or wood, lasted no time at all without matting of some sort.
- A block away we hear the rumble of hobnails on cobblestone.
- When Douglas Hadow's boots were examined, it was found that the hobnails on their soles were worn almost smooth.
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.