One of those weird moments when your brain is still waking up whilst travelling on an early morning flight…

When you ask for water on a flight between the UK and Germany, you are asked if you would like ‘sparkling’ or ‘plain’. The normal terms used in English are ‘sparkling’ or ‘still’, yet the German-English translation is in fact a more accurate pairing – ‘plain’ is the opposite of ‘sparkling’ when used to describe something, ‘still’ is more the opposite of ‘fizzy’ and refers to motion (or lack of). Fizzy is often used in speech but rarely seen in print, except for referring to the true ‘fizz’ – champagne.

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