Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A tropical flea, the female of which burrows and lays eggs beneath the host's skin, causing painful sores.
- ‘I used to think it was to guard against scorpions or other stinging insects, but realised now that it was to prevent jigger attacks.’
- ‘Not only does it repel mosquitoes, but it repels ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies, too.’
- ‘Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.’
- ‘Whenever we went out we both wore hats, and also shoes, indoors and out, so that we did not suffer from jiggers.’
- ‘Although I have not subjected myself to all of these, the label says that Repel disgusts chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and sand fleas.’
2North American A harvest mite.
- ‘We pulled up a couple of plants and scrubbed them against our trouser legs and were never bothered by ticks or chiggers or other insects while we were gathering fruit.’
- ‘Our president compares the rebel leader, to a tiny jigger, the parasite that lives in feet and can be dealt with in an instant.’
Mid 18th century: variant of chigoe.
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.