In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(church attendant)sacristán masculine
- A city centre church verger has the power to summon scores of police and dozens of security guards at the touch of a button.
- A verger accidentally locked up without realising that Mr Poole, a former chief general manager with the Norwich Building Society, was still inside.
- He went to see the vicar at St Michaels, who just listened and smiled as he poured tea, then offered him a part-time job as a verger.
- Mr Angus had joined the Minster staff in October 1980 as part of a team of vergers who help with the day-to-day running of the cathedral.
- For example, the doorkeeper did most of the jobs we would now associate with the modern verger.
- Colleagues and friends of the verger, who had worked at the Minster for 25 years, have been quietly reflecting on his life.
2British(in procession)macero masculinemacera feminine
- I was the last verger of the Garrison Church and took part in the final service.
- Only the old verger allows himself no rest, and still rings the service in and out.
- Church officials gave more details yesterday about a popular verger who plunged more than 100 ft to his death from York Minster on Sunday.
- He has resigned with immediate effect but will continue with some of his tasks until a new verger is found.
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