In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- I was concerned, of course, that she'd be a ratbag for the rest of the day, but strangely, it didn't work out that way.
- I used to think 90 per cent of the human race were a bunch of ratbags.
- The Greens are not the scruffy ratbags we thought they were.
- Eventually the old ratbag was carried away screaming across the lawn by two secret service chaps.
- In Britain the grasping cheating ratbags use the cheapest possible paper, full of acid, that goes brown and falls apart after a couple of years.
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