I’ve always found it interesting that in South American Spanish, the word for heaven – ‘cielo’– is also used for sky. This seems to me to reflect the deeply religious nature of society there – any mention of what’s above us automatically includes the sense of us being watched over by a higher being – a comforting thought for many. Similarly, for me the fact that the word for handcuffs – ‘esposas’ – is directly based on the word for wife (‘esposa’) reflects the long tradition of machismo in the region. I’m sure this only struck me because I’m a non-native speaker though. Which leads me to wonder: what English words do non-native speakers find particularly telling about English-speaking culture (whether it be British English, American English or any other variety)?