Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A pun:‘every page contains a subtle play on words or arresting metaphor’
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- ‘By his own admission, the self-congratulatory title is actually a play on words based on the legendary Studio One in Kingston.’
- ‘‘The title's a play on words, really,’ he explains.’
- ‘He said: ‘The youth church will be called Sorted, which is a bit of a play on words, because as well as being a trendy, youth culture word, ‘soter’ is Greek for salvation.’
- ‘For those of you out there who didn't realise it was a play on words.’
- ‘‘Modern ‘readers of this book are in for a pleasant surprise from the outset - its very title turns out to be a play on words.’’
- ‘If the title contains subtlety, or a play on words, or something that Germans are unlikely to be able to easily translate, they may go for a different English language title.’
- ‘The headline, ‘The Last Anchor,’ is a play on words: ‘anchor’ as in anchorman and also any object that secures firmly.’
- ‘It is called sound geometry and is just a play on words really because the CD's are about sound usually and it is a very geometrical concept.’
- ‘I was unprepared, though, for the excellence of chef Willie Little's establishment Exceed - a play on words which refers to the premises, once the shop and loft for seed merchants.’
- ‘Why is something less ‘obscene’ because it's a play on words?’
- ‘The word Utopia, in More's hands, is actually a play on words.’
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.