In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1it's a good/bad omen — es un buen/mal augurio
- they saw this as an omen of victory — lo tomaron como un presagio de victoria
- the economic omens are not good — los indicios económicos no son buenos
- bird of ill omen — pájaro de mal agüero
- Or is placing a feathered creature upon the shoulders considered an even bleaker omen than shooting one?
- On 14 June, a meteor was seen to fall into the Turkish camp, a very good omen.
- By now the portents and ill omens that had dogged the start of their journey were receding quickly into memory.
- The midwife had muttered of portents and omens, but the full confirmation came some hours later.
- The operation of the state's hospital system has been impaired, and there are ill omens for the future improvement of patient safety.
- Tracey must have not been home, which was an absolute good omen to Delilah.
- These religious offences were taken as ill omens for the expedition and threats to the democracy.
- Growing demand and plenty of new house building are healthy omens.
- Another good omen: New factory orders are coming in faster than shipments are going out.
- These events are often called signs, omens, etc., by those who pay attention to them.
- Then the heavens ripped asunder and showered evil and ill omens upon the face of this beckoning planet.
- But for all the omens and portents, the magic in Shalimar is firmly at the service of the realism.
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