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Mind your language

The concrete truth about ‘Formica’

13 March 2021

9:00 AM

13 March 2021

9:00 AM

If I ever again accompany my husband to a medical conference in Spain, and want to tell my hosts that I am embarrassed (as he often makes me), I should not say embarazada, for that word means ‘pregnant’, which at my age would be unusual. Such false friends can add to the gaiety of foreign travel.

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