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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- I always thought torture was bamboo shoots under the fingernails and iron maidens and such.
- They had an iron maiden, a rack, and men and woman's chastity belts.
- She enticed local girls to her castle, where she hung them in metal cages and stuffed them into iron maidens.
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.