In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Astronomymoona la luz de la luna — in the moonlight
- esta noche hay luna — the moon's out tonight
- estar de mala luna — (de mal humor) to be in a bad mood
- estar / vivir en la luna (de Valencia / (Peru) de Paita) — (estar distraído) to have one's head in the clouds
- este niño vive en la luna de Valencia — this child has his head in the clouds
- perdón, estaba en la luna — sorry, I was miles away
- ladrarle a la luna — to talk to a brick wall
- pedir la luna — to ask (for) the impossible
2.3(parabrisas)windshield USwindscreen British
3(de la uña)half-moonlunule technical
4informal(mal humor)foul mood informalestar con / de luna — to be in a foul mood informal
- se debe haber levantado con / de luna — she must have got out of bed the wrong side / out of the wrong side of the bed
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