In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- On overcast afternoons, all alone in the drizzle, my mother, carrying a basket (stained blue on the inside by somebody's whortleberries), would set out on a long collecting tour.
- The most popular plant worn as a clan emblem was the red whortleberry.
- Vaccinium myrtillus is a member of the Ericaceae family, and is also known as European blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry, or blueberry.
- Clustered among the turning leaves were bilberries, cranberries, bog whortleberries, cloudberries and a dozen others, edible and poisonous.
- Think of David Bellamy, a man only complete when rummaging among beetles and whortleberries, and who encases his head in a tangled, bushy forest.
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.