Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A word or expression denoting something that is regarded with disapproval or dislike:‘positivism has become something of a boo word among many social scientists’
- ‘It's obviously what Ian Kershaw (historian) called a fashionable boo word.’
- ‘Ideology is a boo word, a pejorative word, but everyone has ideologies, you just have to proceed from that point of view.’
- ‘Mention has been made here before of an old university tutor of mine who used to divide the language into hooray words and boo words.’
- ‘Why, I wonder… because it's a sort of code word or a boo word or laziness or what?’
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.