In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- On Saturday afternoons in the summer Ganges boys with spare time were allowed to climb the mast, and on one day he and a mate were at the crossjack - the highest point on the mast, except for the topmast and its notorious button.
- The delinquent middie was sent to the ‘crows nest’ on the top of the main part of a mast; that is, below the topmast, which was a short mast lashed to the lower mast.
- It was a perfect replica of a Caribbean pirate vessel, right down to the Jolly Roger flying from the topmast.
- Bellerophon's main topmast had been shot away and her mizzen topmast was in a precarious state.
- Without a doubt the Japanese clearly recorded it, and the water depth where it sank was so shallow that the topmast of the ship provided refuge for some of the survivors just after the sinking.
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.