In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1dated(condom)globo masculine informalparacaídas masculine informalgoma feminine Spain informalforro masculine River Plate informal
- I thought non-Brit readers might like to know that ‘rubber johnny’ is a playground/school yard slang for a condom.
- I remembered picking up a rubber johnny (presumably used) as it drifted past me and holding it up to the other volunteers, who all recoiled in horror.
- Rubber johnnies were strictly prohibited in the Republic.
- You can tell it's posh because food is served on a bed of other food, and there isn't a machine in the gents selling rubber johnnies.
2also Johnny(man, boy)tipo masculine informal
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