Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of an action) be of no help at all to someone:‘this protest availed her nothing’
- ‘‘It withered my heart,’ he wrote in his diary, but his presence could avail her nothing now.’
- ‘I'm afraid that your skills, such as they are, will avail you nothing.’
- ‘Climbing trees or diving into water will avail you nothing with a tiger.’
- ‘I would suggest that his flying start to war has availed him nothing but the intensified scorn of the nation.’
- ‘Such rights may have availed us nothing, had the client run into financial difficulties.’
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.