In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(correct, well-bred)(person/manner) cortés(person/manner) educado(person/manner) correctothe rules of polite behavior — las reglas de cortesía
- they exchanged polite greetings/compliments — intercambiaron los saludos/cumplidos de rigor
- they were making polite conversation — conversaban tratando de ser agradables
- gut? the polite word is stomach! — ¿tripa? ¡se dice estómago!
- always be polite to customers — sé siempre cortés / educado con los clientes
- you don't mean it: you're only being polite — lo dices solo por cortesía
- she was very polite about my work, but I don't think she liked it — fue muy cortés al referirse a mi trabajo, pero no creo que le gustara
- it is polite to wait till everyone is served — es de buena educación esperar a que todos estén servidos
- it's not polite to shout — gritar es una falta de educación / es de mala educación
- When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.
- In the UK, and most of Europe, it is not considered polite to just say what you want.
- You could tell he didn't think much of my work, though he was far too polite to blurt it out.
- You could hand around evaluation forms, but many people are too polite to tell you what they really thought.
- There are still some things that cannot be talked about in polite society.
- He may have been born into polite society but Degas was no gentleman painter.
- If you are going into a bar or pub, with a woman is it more polite to let them go first, or to go first yourself to check that the place is safe?
- For instance, if you want your child to have good manners, make sure she sees you being polite to others.
- But lay into others and you should prepare to be visited by the vengeance of polite society.
- In certain circles of polite society he is known as the Citra Fiend and cannot be trusted in matters of fruit.
- That is the root problem, indeed the only problem, but it is not mentioned in polite society.
- It took my mum to point out that Botox is now fully integrated into polite society.
- The reaction of polite society to this extraordinary work was one of astonishment.
- In the mind of a desperate prisoner you sometimes find genius that is seldom recognized in more polite society.
- Over the years he built a pagoda to polite English society as it faded in the glare of post-war vulgarity.
- Even if you think that someone is kind of weird, it is always polite to be nice to them.
- Most of the kids were too polite to tell it to their parents, but it was evident in their behavior.
- You know we bend over backwards in work to be helpful and polite to people.
- Looks of despair flashed across all of their faces, but to their credit they were too polite to outwardly groan.
- And the phrase ‘national interest’ should never be mentioned in polite society.
- In this world she expresses sides to her character that struggle for oxygen in polite society.
- I think it's only polite to make the effort in the local language even if everyone does seem to speak English.
- Is it too much to ask if I just want someone normal, unperverted, and polite to talk to?
- It would have been polite to at least acknowledge it rather than tossing it aside like a dirty tissue.
- In short, he has made an asset from features others find a hindrance to acceptance in polite society.
- The musical life of polite European society was a different world altogether.
- Yes, but in polite society, one does not hear of this.
- It seemed only polite to say goodnight with a kiss, just between friends.
- He heard a young comedian being interviewed on the radio the other day and is far too polite to name him.
- It's certainly polite to ask, and you have my full permission, for whatever that's worth.
- I myself forgot about these issues and most people are too polite to mention them.
- It would be regarded as not the thing to do in polite company in, for instance, Pacific Rim countries.
- He was extremely polite to his opponents and often took up cudgels for them too.
- She's too polite to tell him to shut up and go away, so we put up with him.
- They also learn that sometimes it's polite to lie to spare the feelings of others.
2(refined)in polite society — en la buena sociedad
- you don't mention such things in polite company — no se habla de eso entre gente educada / fina
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