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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- The birdwatcher tipped me off about the treecreepers on the edge of the wood, but I forgot to look when I got there because the view was so eye-catching.
- Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for treecreepers, goldcrests and many other species.
- For every obvious crossbill, razorbill, greenfinch, woodpecker, warbler, treecreeper, swift or flycatcher there is a mysterious wigeon, garganey, gadwall, bittern, siskin, pipit, shrike or twite.
- Other victims have included young treecreepers and house sparrows.
- At one time treecreepers appeared regularly in our garden, often in company with mixed parties of roving tits and goldcrests.
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.