In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(joyful)alegrethe more the merrier — cuantos más, mejor
- merry Christmas! — ¡felices Pascuas!
- to make merry — (have fun) divertirse
- And I laughed and guffawed at the irony of it, and even Verge did let forth a merry mirth-filled giggle.
- As usual making fun of myself so everyone can laugh and be merry.
- The night was not lonely either, as quite a few regulars danced cheerfully to merry tunes in the moonlight.
- Just then a man stepped up ten yards away from them, his expression was merry and bright, on his face blood was trickling, he had on a fancy red coat, decorated from head to toe.
- The eldest of the Ellertson girls were slightly younger than Clara, and were as merry and cheerful as their brother.
- Within seconds, the three of us are chugging away at the front of the balcony, clinking glasses and bottles with the merry throng around us.
- She pointed out that sensible young men noticed what a few years of married life could do to the once happy, merry girl he knew.
- And off we strolled, whistling merry Christmas tunes, and with only the very slightest of hops, skips and jumps in our step.
- This link has phrases saying merry Christmas and happy new year in many, many, many languages (including Maori, Welsh and Cree).
- Her pleasant smile, the glint in the eye and genuine sense of fun and devilment made her very popular and you were always assured of a good laugh and a merry time when she was around the place.
- Lillie gives a merry laugh, and slaps him lightly.
- Will motioned to him from a corner table where he was playing cards with a short gnome; Alexander began wading through the throng of merry patrons to reach him.
- Still, we carry on cheerfully, whistling a merry tune as we stir it all up with a wooden spoon.
- The girls were all merry and cheerful, walking through the regiments to spread encouragement and cheer to the men gathered there.
- So, have fun eating, drinking and being merry whether it's by a roaring fire or a slightly less picturesque roaring radiator.
- Dad had spotted me and my cheese snacks, and waved me over with a disgustingly merry grin on his face.
- Her soprano lullabies and fun character allowed the audience to laugh and be merry.
- Showing or characterized by exuberance or mirthful excitement; merry; cheerful; jolly.
- A local band played on a raised pedestal and people of all species were dancing together in time with the lively beat in a merry atmosphere.
- These ‘sandboys’ were paid partly in ale, and were usually half-cut or merry: hence ‘happy’.
- Jahson clapped his hands with glee and danced a merry jig while Pablo grinned wolfishly.
- His poetry had a chaste reserve that reflected his Englishness, but off the page he was a merry wit who laughed loudly, told raunchy jokes and felt more at home in a leather bar than a stuffy literary function.
2(unconcerned)to go one's merry way
- he went his own merry way — se fue tan campante
- Basically, after having no alcoholic drink supplies for the previous week, it was no wonder we were all quite merry on that occasion.
- In the event, the meal was fine and, by the end, I was feeling slightly merry, and my companions were at last sobering up.
- For example, here's a very merry guy who might just have a slight problem with alcohol.
- His recollection is you had been to some sort of do in the afternoon or early evening, and you were quite merry.
- Everyone was getting quite merry, and the glasses were being passed about.
- Sitting on a bench with, as I soon discover, two slightly merry female postgraduate students who are, like me, waiting for a train on the Rayners Lane branch.
- They returned home at 10.45 pm "quite merry" and went to bed about half an hour later, he said.
- "Terry was quite merry. He wasn't staggering but he was in quite a good mood," she said.
- More than half of them were merry with alcohol at that point, and a lot drunker than people thought I was.
- Even though I may have been slightly merry I still could not escape the feeling of how weird all this was.
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