Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
One's mother:‘my mam would have had a fit if I'd gone out dressed like that’[as name] ‘it was better when Mam was alive’
- ‘I remember once, many years ago, trying to get off school by telling my dear old mam that I had a terrible ear-ache.’
- ‘The hardest task was to go to mam in her eighties and break the news.’
- ‘Going to the Olympia theatre in Dublin with mam and dad was the best.’
- ‘But mam, I can't stay in the same room as them!’
- ‘I managed to say goodbye to mam and my siblings by making myself think of something else as we hugged, but my dad, to whom I was closest, locked himself in the bathroom.’
- ‘What do people do now if both Mam and Dad have to work nights?’
Late 16th century: perhaps imitative of a child's first syllables (see mama).
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.