In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth's crust, since most common rocks have crystalline frameworks made from silicon and oxygen: they are silicates.
- The most significant user is the glass industry, which uses sodium carbonate to decompose silicates for glass making.
- Certain salts, such as the dichromates, borates, and silicates, act as inhibitors to the aqueous corrosion of zinc.
- By sharing two oxygen atoms, silicates can form either cyclic or chain structures.
- The weathering of calcium silicate rocks over millions of years converted the insoluble calcium silicate into soluble calcium salts, which were carried to the oceans.
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.