Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A sharp reproof.‘she expected to be sent away with a flea in her ear’
- ‘‘He was sent away with a flea in his ear,’ said one Labour backbencher.’
- ‘He spends the whole time looking at his watch, so Flynn sends him packing with a flea in his ear.’
- ‘‘But we soon send them away with a flea in their ear,’ explains Patrick.’
- ‘A few weeks ago at another tournament in England, such assumptions saw one mouthy opponent dispatched with a flea in his ear.’
- ‘I mustn't have been in when he knocked on mine; he would have gone away with a flea in his ear.’
- ‘She sent them packing with a flea in their ear of course.’
- ‘It would have been enough to send him back with a flea in his ear.’
- ‘He might give senior management a flea in their ear, but he has never claimed to be a nice guy.’
- ‘And if anybody asks when we will be having children they will go away with a flea in their ear.’
- ‘I was sure the mistress was going to do the same thing as Mrs. Benson and she'd be thrown out with a flea in her ear.’
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.