In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(unspecified person)fulano masculinefulana feminineMr So-and-so — don / señor Fulano (de Tal)
- Mrs So-and-so — doña / señora Fulana (de Tal)
- so-and-so wants this, so-and-so wants that — fulano quiere esto, mengano quiere aquello
- It was a subject that everyone seemed to be talking about these days - who liked who, who was going to go out, who said that so-and-so liked so-and-so… but Greg had never asked me before and for some reason I was not sure how to answer.
- Not surprisingly, given the litigious times in which we live, most writers turn coy when quizzed about whether so-and-so was the model for a character.
- Meanwhile so-and-so has to come to school, and do you think he doesn't know what people are saying behind his back?
- Yeah, I remember when so-and-so left a dead fish in my locker.
- I always find it so interesting to note how different personalities play together, and how one personality might find so-and-so a perfect match whilst another personality might find the same so-and-so intensely irritating!
- Do I have to remember so-and-so's phone number?
- So you have people saying, well, we have to trust these people because Lady so-and-so or Lord so-and-so have seen this thing.
- My name is so-and-so and I tried to kill myself by doing this!
- I pouted and folded my arms again, energy sapped because a certain so-and-so decided to shoot down my enthusiasm.
- I'm always a little suspicious of such claims… and not just because it seems quite possible for someone to take an old piece of clothing and claim that so-and-so wore it in such-and-such a film.
- I have also seen many names such as so-and-so real estate advisory company or management advisory company.
- From there, it pretty much boils down to so-and-so begot so-and-so, with certain offspring taking the high road while others took the low.
- They have whispering campaigns without including so-and-so, making sure so-and-so knows about it.
- I want to know people that you can pick up the phone to, and say, ‘Do you remember so-and-so?’
2euphemistic(unpleasant person)which so-and-so has used up all the hot water? — ¿quién fue el tal para cual que me dejó sin agua caliente? Mexico euphemistic
- you so-and-sos! — ¡tales por cuales!
- He might be a groovy so-and-so who just happens to think you're hot.
- Are the world's leading recording companies a bunch of spoiled, ungrateful, money-grabbing so-and-sos or what?
- He's a tough so-and-so, and he'll figure out how to do it.
- But, being the conniving old so-and-so he is, he went one better.
- Presumably that's because he knows all about being bossed around by a miserable old so-and-so that everyone wishes would retire.
- But they're bright little so-and-sos, both of them, and he knows as well as she does that he will never be enough to make her happy.
- And we thought, well, poor so-and-sos, they're in the same kind of muck as we are.
- But my table companions were disappointed when it came to dessert and they found that the trifle had been completely gobbled up by some greedy so-and-sos who were there earlier in the evening.
- It is unlikely that I would have phoned up for tickets if I wasn't a contrary so-and-so.
- I appreciate that I've been a bit of a so-and-so, but you've made your point and I will try to be different.
- My current gardener is a lazy so-and-so and I'm sorely tempted to give him his marching orders.
- When I see my team-mates in the bar after a game I sometimes wonder if they are saying it's about time that old so-and-so gave up.
- There is the ever present, ‘Should I leave so-and-so because I think he's a son of a so-and-so?’
- Ask people what they think of politicians and most will reply that they are a bunch of lying, cheating, self-interested so-and-sos.
- You can imagine, then, how annoyed I am to find out that the so-and-sos have double-crossed me: the decent thing I thought they were doing was in fact an unspeakably sleazy trick that makes sense only as part of a cover-up.
- He knew I was a determined so-and-so, and he knew what buttons to press to get the best out of me.
- People would call him a lucky so-and-so, but he had skill and application and he was very, very clever.
- He used to be such a good sport, but now he's a grumpy old so-and-so.
- Well, what about their statement as they leave the building, saying that he had spoken softly and what a smart so-and-so he was.
- And dammit we don't need to do that to be well armed or be the baddest so-and-so in the valley.
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