Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- ‘let 'em know who's boss’short for them, especially in informal use
- ‘I write great books, books that would make great movies, and you reject 'em, how stupid is that?’
- ‘Maybe if it was only two teenagers he might had scared 'em off, but four?’
- ‘Now tell 'em that your roommate got locked out, and you have to go let them in.’
- ‘Of course liqueurs and sugar can be added to the purée, but with the great Scottish raspberry who needs 'em?’
- ‘It's people like you that start wars and, sadly, people like me that keep 'em going.’
- ‘Plenty of American films get made without a single British villain in 'em.’
- ‘The others all put on good show so if you like 'em you'll probably see 'em.’
- ‘It can only get books to booksellers by using blokes to pick 'em out by hand, just as they used to do in the nineteenth century.’
- ‘Arrange the sliced red pepper over the whole in a lattice pattern if it pleases you, otherwise just chuck 'em in.’
- ‘We asked for your nominations for the 2002 Liar of the Year Awards, and we got 'em.’
- ‘These days, no one would fight me because they know that, if I sat on 'em, I could kill 'em!’
- ‘The long-termers give them a hard time for being out of place, even though most of 'em are geriatrics.’
- ‘They reckon it makes 'em feel funny about coming into your office without knocking.’
- ‘Allowing for time difference James is about to hit the Broadway stage now so all I can say is knock 'em dead James!’
- ‘These boys don't get out in public as much as they used to, so see 'em when you can.’
- ‘For a man who claims not to gamble - he certainly knows when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em.’
- ‘If you didn't catch 'em the first time around, don't miss it and prepare to be blown away!’
- ‘Week after week new posters get stapled up, and this guy has to go out and take 'em down.’
- ‘God bless 'em, I like both artists, but boy can they kill off a lively atmosphere or what.’
- ‘And telling people about stuff I like is way, way easier if I can just send it to 'em.’
Middle English: originally a form of hem, dative and accusative third person plural pronoun in Middle English; now regarded as an abbreviation of them.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.