In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
A picaresque outlook on life, known in Latin America as viveza criolla, involves resorting to guile and trickery in order to get ahead or simply survive. In Spanish-speaking countries, this is often regarded as amusing or unavoidably necessary. This perspective results from the injustices often meted out by the rulers and law enforcers in these countries. In literature, a novela picaresca is one that recounts the adventures of a pícaro, an appealing rogue. The sixteenth-century Spanish novel Lazarillo de Tormes is the earliest example.
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.