Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood was based on the familiar legend, though Robin was now a foppish, Brylcreemed matinee idol whose Lincoln greens appeared dry-cleaned despite his living rough in Sherwood Forest.’
- ‘During the London heatwave of 1949, the Brylcreemed and debonair Derek Aylward was reprimanded by West End producer ‘Binkie’ Beaumont for wearing shorts and an open-necked shirt.’
- ‘With him it's just the name, which he took from his grandfather's favourite footballer, Alex James, the Brylcreemed and baggy-shorted Arsenal winger from the 1920s who was one of Scotland's Wembley Wizards.’
- ‘The old pavilion glistened flannel-white in the far corner, alongside the always-shaded football stand where only those in trilbies and suits were entitled to sit - with their befrocked ladies and their Brylcreemed sons.’
- ‘I remember seeing myself do this, all dressed up smartly - a white shirt with a wide tie in shiny, plum-coloured polyester - with my side parting neatly combed and Brylcreemed.’
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.