Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Used for emphasis or as a mild expletive:‘the whole chuffing world's gone mad’
damned, damn, damnable, wretched, accursed, rotten, horribleView synonyms
- ‘I'm included on this thing, although I haven't a chuffing clue what any of it means.’
- ‘Obviously most people visit Windsor in chuffing big air-conditioned coaches, and - on the evidence of yesterday - most coach tours now seem to also insist on a uniform for all passengers.’
- ‘The Day Job hangs over me like the sword of chuffing Damocles.’
- ‘‘We don't need any chuffing GPS’ he says in his distinctly upper-crust, yet man-of-the-world accent.’
- ‘Of course, it still could be that when I get to the Arena no-one will know a chuffing thing, in which case there may be a retraction on Saturday…’
- ‘Partly hidden though it was by a nearby apartment block, there's no mistaking it in silhouette: a chuffing great, perfectly symmetrical trapezoid, towering on the horizon and always, always far bigger than you expect it to be.’
- ‘Mind you, the meal that resulted from my middle-class organic shopping spree was chuffing gorgeous.’
- ‘So being the polite chap I am, I had to get to the back of the chuffing queue’
- ‘‘The Audio Bullys‘aren't just great - they're chuffing fantastic!’
- ‘Sorry to keep banging on about the same old subject, but is there any stopping chuffing Chelsea?’
- ‘I can only study at home when Thomas has gone off to bed, and what with one thing and another I'm left with about an hour a night to work my way through these chuffing text books.’
1980s: perhaps related to chuff.
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.