Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Feel a keen desire for (something lacking or absent)‘I desiderate the resources of a family’
long for, yearn for, hunger for, thirst for, dream of, aspire to, set one's heart on, have as one's aim, have as one's goal, seek, be bent onView synonyms
- ‘It is not an absolute clarity or an absolute absence of any possible ambiguity which is desiderated.’
- ‘Her appearance is certainly attractive, but perhaps not in the full-blown buxom style desiderated.’
- ‘Here again I would stress that the attention which is desiderated in connection with the bodily function must be some close and intimate service to the person or claimant.’
- ‘The peace and rest, the security desiderated at such moments is security against the bewildering accidents of so much finite experience.’
- ‘The woman translating in our earphones was so thickly Russian-accented and unable to keep up as to make a translator of the translator strongly desiderated.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin desiderat- ‘desired’, from the verb desiderare, perhaps from de- ‘down’ + sidus, sider- ‘star’. Compare with consider.
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.