Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A person of dull, unfashionable appearance (typically used of a woman):‘you will never catch a husband if you persist in looking like a dowd!’
- ‘Not because of you; I just felt such a dowd in Paris.’
Middle English: of unknown origin. Perhaps reintroduced in the early 19th century as a back-formation from dowdy.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.