In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Having posed a similar problem in Tristram Shandy, Sterne rudely knocks it down by informing the reader that ‘Obadiah had not got above threescore yards from the stable-yard before he met with Dr Slop’.
- Her hair was as grey as someone of threescore and ten years old and cropped short.
- The Bible tells us that ‘the days of our years are threescore and ten’ or, ‘by reason of strength,’ sometimes fourscore.
- Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold.
- There has been peace in the land for a threescore years at least; what could possibly happen now?
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.