In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Today's the day for refuse collection where I live, and the miasma of smells and stench from the bins was like wading through a marsh this morning.
- Each new smell cue would simply add to the miasma of conflicting odours, and people were often seen fleeing the theatre, holding their noses.
- Closer, and I caught the sharp smell hanging over the general miasma: the stink of fresh urine.
- Karten and Keith emerged through the balcony door, just behind him, along with a miasma of strong Sullaneen tobacco.
- Before Pasteur, dreadful smells and miasmas ruled the roost, the only accepted causes of illness, while after Pasteur, disease was all down to germs.
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.