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July 5, 2011 7:15 AM Subscribe
What are some foreign-language terms for things that involve the name of another country or culture?
posted by theodolite to writing & language (78 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
We've got plenty of these in English: French letters, Irish coffee, Chinese fire drill. I know a couple of French examples -- poing américain (American fist) means brass knuckles, and montagnes russes (Russian mountains) are roller coasters, although that one originally comes from English. (Russians apparently call them "American mountains.") I was wondering if some of our polyglot members knew about others. Bonus points if it refers to Americans.