In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Submission here means to be subsequent or responsive, not necessarily obsequious or subservient.
- Woodward's obsequious style minimised the impact.
- As is always the case in France, I am not sure if she reads my apology as sufficiently humble or merely obsequious.
- Paris himself turns out to be an obsequious toady in Domitian's heady presence.
- Thus approached, I would smile benignly and direct the appropriately obsequious customer toward the objects of his desiring.
- They're surrounded by heavy linen, sparkling crystal, gleaming silver, obsequious waiters, and an embarrassment of champagne glasses.
- Everyone was desperately failing to be cool about the presence of this A list Hollywood actor, but the first few questions were obsequious and embarrassing.
- We Catholics need to possess greater wisdom than to merely fall for somebody who is obsequious, nice, polite and reasonable.
- Like spoiled children, they can demand, stamp their feet, refuse to vote, be fickle and whimsical, expecting MPs to act as obsequious valets, while distrusting them all along.
- He was obedient to his Christchurch bosses, but not at all obsequious.
- He cuddled up to his colleagues, begging for approval - he was obsequious, smart, slippery.
- Her insatiable desire to be stroked, bolstered, flattered, was met by Burrell with the obsequious enthusiasm of a knight offering the chasteness of courtly love.
- The award will be given annually to the journo who produces the greatest volume of obsequious offal about a sports ‘hero’.
- Diamond has a gentle, self-effacing style about him without seeming obsequious.
- In fact, the figure lounging in front of me seems in some respects more human than fox, effortlessly graceful, endearing without being obsequious, and persistently humorous.
- The person he hires will be insipid and obsequious.
- Randy is Mr. Lahey's obsequious sidekick, lover and Sunnyvale's assistant trailer park supervisor.
- They've filled their almost-claustrophobic room with towering flower bouquets and perhaps a few too many obsequious waiters.
- My ghostly waiter was preferable to the obsequious, hovering variety which pop up like pantomime villains to ask if everything is all right just as you are about to start chewing.
- They are curiously obsequious, seeming to promise presidents and prime ministers a favourable verdict in return for a few invitations, a few decorations.
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.