Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A strap used to prevent a horse from kicking.
- ‘Of course he was in no danger, not with a good kicking strap, new harness, and buggy.’
- ‘He'd had to put a kicking strap on him because they were just breaking him to drive single, but he had never offered to kick.’
A rope lanyard fixed to a boom to prevent it from rising.
- ‘We are getting much better at rigging the damn boat, although we generally forget the kicking strap until we are out on the water.’
- ‘She doesn't seem to have twigged that if I've been sailing since I was six, mostly in a Wayfarer, I've had to dodge quite a few booms and guillotine-like kicking straps (a vang for my American readers, if I have any).’
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.