Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An artificial covering of hair for the pubic area.
- ‘The word merkin is one of the perpetual bad puns of the Internet.’
- ‘All those trendy stores on St-Laurent should have merkins in their windows.’
- ‘A merkin was popular during the 18th century, she said.’
- ‘One can do no better than to paraphrase Ambrose Bierce upon his discovery of the merkin, and ask: how can such things be?’
- ‘All you girls with this sort of hairstyle look as if you're wearing an overlarge blonde merkin over your unwashed brunette locks.’
- ‘On the run from France for assorted crimes, he attaches himself, gargoyle-like, to the hotel as a year-round resident, and sets up shop in the town making hair adornments - from toupees to merkins to funeral jewellery.’
- ‘In trying to find a definitive explanation/the origin of merkin, this is prob the best reference.’
- ‘So, let's not focus on the fact that her cover outfit makes her look like she's wearing a merkin (look it up) or that her piercings get more attention than her vocal abilities.’
- ‘I will be watching the results of the US elections with great interest - with a tub of hair removing wax on one side of me, and a chest merkin on the other.’
- ‘People were starting to get over the fact that I was an eight-foot tall merkin and I think, more than anything else, I have drugs to thank for that.’
- ‘It's also the only film, as far as I know, to feature a merkin.’
- ‘What to wear: well, a pink dress and a merkin does wonders for one's public image; trust me.’
- ‘When George stands up and says he is proud to be a merkin, we can believe him.’
- ‘The upper classes were not happy with their new bald pubic look and so the merkin was invented, a triangle of ‘real’ fur that they stuck ‘down there’ to hide their embarrassment.’
- ‘She asked me if I want my pubes shaved but we decided on a bright red merkin, in a heart shape.’
- ‘For example, if a particular designer was contracted to do all of Julia's merkins for her latest movie, that designer might very well get a special credit in the film notes.’
- ‘But there is a time and a place for everything, just ask any canon-firing merkin wearer.’
Early 17th century: apparently a variant of dialect malkin, diminutive of Malde (early form of the given name Maud).
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.