In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1imbécil feminineyou silly twit! — ¡bobo! informal
- He thought of them as the lowest of low in the class known as CTJN class, the ‘creeps, twits, jerks and nerds’ class.
- These twits have had an unchallenged run in the media for far too long already.
- The tragedy is that statisticians and pollsters take these pathetic twits seriously.
- But some of her descendants behave unacceptably, like the worst kind of upper class twits.
- Three days after the Prime Minister's petulant sneer that only reactionary twits claim education standards have fallen comes pretty devastating evidence that this is indeed the case.
- I admit as well that I hate bureaucratically obsessed twits.
- So, don't dismiss tennis as a sport for hot Russian babes and upper-class twits only.
- And these twits think that it's heresy to be in favour of the free market or against the UN.
- He seems to know his job rather more thoroughly than the dumb twits who've been along so far.
- There is no way I could have watched those two twits - talk about strange bedfellows, by the way - without heaving a brick through the TV set.
- In the good old days these guys would have been turned into a Monty Python skit about twits on parade.
- None of these twits have done anything that they claimed they would do.
- Now I've met enough pompous twits in my time to know one when I hear one.
- Can you imagine seeing that familiar bunch of florid-faced twits gathering outside a rural bus operator's office to protest about the cut in regular services?
- I'm sure we can imagine the scene a hundred years on: ‘Yes, it used to be a nice old 16th century church but the insides were ripped out by some twits in 2004’.
- Both camps, according to White House insiders, are silly twits.
- How can we, in Britain, refer to ourselves as a democracy, when we still allow a bunch of upper-class twits to rule the roost?
- While I'd seen my fair share of mediocre upper middle-class twits leapfrog their contemporaries, I really believed that the results-driven media game was largely a meritocracy.
- Now most of them look like hippies gone wrong or aged twits clinging to their youth.
- The interviewer and the audience, if sincere, are twits.
1to twit sb (about/over sth) — tomarle el pelo a algn (por algo)
- At least the gatherings gave you a chance to twit tame Jesuits about how you didn't believe in their God, but aren't-we-all-good-fellows-anyway.
- When he twits them, he does it gently, affectionately.
- I like to twit my family somewhat, as this will show.
- Three cheers therefore for the man, who a day later in The Times skilfully twitted his ignorant colleague.
- This happens through their own interactions, and observing each other in interchanges with others - as at a tea stall, when the pair are twitted by their young co-passengers and forced to cook up stories of their honeymoon.
- A Rastafarian waving a flag twitted me as I pushed through the noisy crowd.
- Before saying grace at the Seniors' annual dinner on Friday night, the priest twitted the new champion he'd played alongside earlier in the day.
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