In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Green also became associated with this feast day (St. Patrick's Day) because it is the colour of spring, Ireland and the shamrock.
- According to legend the shamrock, with its three leaves on the single stalk, was used by St. Patrick to explain the mystery of the Christian Trinity to the pagan Irish.
- Irish heritage campaigners delighted as city street vendors begin selling small bundles of old fashioned fresh shamrocks for £2.50.
- The vegetable gardens spread out from the house, laced with marigolds and a purple ground cover that looks like shamrocks: trebol, in Spanish.
- Shannon Airport would be promoted using the shamrock, ‘the most significant symbol of Ireland in the minds of people throughout the world.’
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.