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 never heard a shoeblack called a boot-finisher before, but I think the euphemism was allowable in a young lady who wishes to exalt the commercial status of her intended.
- One's senses were assaulted by news vendors, shoeblacks, quack doctors and the like and their specimens of cajolery.
- Unemployment is high and many people support themselves with badly paid work in the ‘informal sector’ as shoeblacks or street vendors.
- We see shoeblacks and lamplighters with their tools and utensils; and milkmaids, fruit sellers and prostitutes touting their wares.
- Two seemingly harmless and careless shoeblacks turn out to be gloomy crooks with a dirty plan to rob a bank courier.
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