Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
In an absent-minded way; vaguely:‘Keira toyed absently with her fork’
distractedly, inattentively, abstractedly, unheedingly, carelessly, absent-mindedly, on automatic pilotdreamily, with one's head in the clouds, in a world of one's own, lost in thoughtblankly, vacuouslyView synonyms
- ‘Gareth was holding my hands, absently brushing his thumbs back and forth like he always does.’
- ‘I stare absently at the pattern of the fabric on the seats, an angular blur of red, grey and blue.’
- ‘He sat up and looked at her, absently tapping the edge of the piano keys without making a sound.’
- ‘She was absently chewing her bottom lip and her eyes stared blankly into space.’
- ‘He kicked it absently as he made his way to the entrance, his arms folded over his torso, his teeth chattering from the biting cold.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.