In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Suddenly I heard the distant cry of a screech owl.
- In the woods, a variety of large and small animals and birds are attracted to red maple, including deer, elk, screech owls, moose and pileated woodpeckers.
- Although tawny owls are reputed to have a hoot, this one whistled, which is probably why it is often referred to in the books as a screech owl.
- I'm comfortable here, and content to listen to the screech owl outside and the gentle creaking of the house as it settles for the night.
- I leave you with one of the best passages of a description of a flock of blue jays mobbing a screech owl.
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.