Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A crank that is turned by hand.
- ‘The machine will also feature a hand crank to recharge the batteries, 4 USB ports, and Wi-Fi hardware.’
- ‘Private Confederate citizens built the Hunley, a primitive submarine powered by a hand crank.’
- ‘I still use the hand crank as opposed to a machine - I like to think it gives me exercise!’
- ‘The hammer was soon replaced by a magneto powered with a hand crank.’
- ‘The ‘twittering’ in the title doubtless refers to the birds, while the ‘machine’ is suggested by the hand crank.’
Operate (a device) by turning a crank by hand.‘the Professor began to hand-crank the machinery’‘a hand-cranked generator’
- ‘Exposure depended on the speed of hand-cranking the slow black-and-white film.’
- ‘While Goffe's ‘inferior’ knitter was sold in New York City, the most likely hand-cranked knitting machine was that of Jonas B. Aiken.’
- ‘For example, on reading Fara's chapter titled ‘Robert Boyle and the Air-pump,’ one might infer that Boyle invented the first hand-cranked vacuum pump.’
- ‘In 1846 the first hand-cranked ice cream machine was made by Nancy Johnston, the dessert became a favorite summer past time in American households.’
- ‘The gear and flaps were hand-cranked and I used two of the available three applications of brakes after the power was off.’
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.