Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An artificial, highly elaborate way of writing or speaking.
bluster, pomposity, ranting, rant, nonsense, empty talk, humbug, wind, blather, blether, claptrapView synonyms
- ‘They are mainly made up of long speeches with little action, and their style to some extent anticipates Lyly's euphuism.’
Late 16th century: from Euphues, the name of a character in John Lyly's prose romance of the same name (1578–80), from Greek euphuēs ‘well endowed by nature’, from eu ‘well’ + the base of phuē ‘growth’.
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.