In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- In Massachusetts winter residents include chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, titmice, cardinals, and mockingbirds.
- Although first cousin to the melodious mockingbird, a catbird's song is seldom musical.
- Francis gives a similar explanation for the exceptional mimicry of mockingbirds, suggesting that mimicry itself was not favored by natural selection.
- The true song of a mockingbird is hard to detect, since they imitate other birds and sounds.
- He did make an observation about how similar Galapagos mockingbirds were to those of mainland South America, but he missed the lesson of the finches entirely.
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.