Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] Lack of moral principles; bad character:‘the baseness of human nature’
meanness, sordidness, evil, wickedness, iniquity, iniquitousness, immorality, sin, wrongunscrupulousness, unseemliness, unsavouriness, shoddiness, squalidness, vileness, foulness, vulgarity, tawdriness, cheapness, low-mindedness, debasement, degeneracy, depravity, corruption, reprobation, dissolution, dishonesty, dishonour, disreputableness, contemptibility, pettiness, ignominy, wretchedness, infamyturpitudeView synonyms
- ‘Her hero's commitment to a vision of honorable politics is clearly out of place in a context of political corruption, baseness, and compromise.’
- ‘Ensor employed notions of carnival and the mask motif to represent the rich baseness and corruption of modern man.’
- ‘There was perhaps an assumption that the explicitness of some of the play's scenes, and the baseness of its religious characters, would outrage conservative Irish audiences.’
- ‘Ndibe infuses his work with traditional African values, sayings and beliefs that brilliantly parallel the baseness of a corrupt modern state on the brink of ruin.’
- ‘There is no beast in the animal kingdom with the same capacity for baseness, for depravity and degradation as our lower classes sometimes display.’
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.