Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Used to express contentment or pleasure.‘mmm, that pizza looks so good’‘mm, I love the sun’
- ‘"Vanilla," she murmured, taking one to taste. "Mm, delicious."’
- ‘Tess put down both plates and lifted the covers off. "Mmm," Brian said "Smells good."’
- ‘Mm, I love french fries.’
- ‘'Mmm, this cream cheese is delicious,' announced the girl next to me, biting into her croissant with vigor.’
- ‘Mmm, that pudding was lovely.’
- ‘Mm, I feel much better now.’
- 1.1 Used to express agreement or approval.‘mm, yeah, I know what you mean’
- ‘“Mmm, that's right,” agreed Peter.’
- ‘"Want some pancakes?" "Mmm, that would be great."’
- ‘Mmm, nice idea! Can I have a go?’
- ‘Mm, yes, I agree the review was a little basic.’
- ‘'I brought my iPod, do you want to have a listen?' 'Mmm, okay.'’
- ‘'You'd thought of that, had you?' 'Mm,' I said.’
2Used to express uncertainty or reflection.‘mmm, I haven't read the whole article but I don't really like the sound of this’
- ‘Mm, how does that work?’
- ‘'I could really see him as James Bond.' 'Mmm, not sure.'’
- ‘Mmm. Perhaps this idea needs a rethink.’
- ‘Mmm. Good point. But I still think we should go on.’
- ‘Mm, I felt like I was watching a different show to the one you're all talking about.’
- ‘Mm, I'm not sure I see the distinction you're drawing.’
- ‘Mmm. I might have to check that statement with the lawyers!’
1Maelzel's metronome (an indication of tempo in music, given as the number of beats per minute).
3(in the UK) Military Medal.
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