Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Giving information; informative.
- ‘Many motorists do not know the differences between mandatory, cautionary and informatory traffic signs.’
- ‘All the three types of road and traffic signs are included under three heads such as mandatory, warning and informatory towards the end.’
- ‘Expert designers apply all the new techniques on the informatory websites to keep your site up to date.’
- ‘Our institution produces informatory notes on engineering related subjects as the need arises.’
- ‘It is said that the Qi, informatory energy or energetic information, is emitted from the meridian point of the therapist's palms and transferred to the patient's body via a meridian point of the body.’
- ‘Sent from Moscow in mid-June 1960 the saddest letter of all is on the surface purely informatory: ‘My dacha now has a telephone.’
- 1.1 (of a double) intended to convey information to one's partner rather than to score a penalty.
- ‘There are many informatory doubles that anticipate a bid from partner.’
- ‘If there is no intervening bid, you must bid your longest unbid suit unless you can convert the informatory double to a penalty double.’
Late Middle English (but rare before the late 19th century): from Latin informat- ‘shaped, described’ (from the verb informare) + -ory.
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.