Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Any of various chiefly marine fish that are widely caught for food.
- ‘Season the red mullet fillets with salt and black pepper and lay them in the hot olive oil.’
- ‘Red mullet were grouped in the sand, and European parrotfish meandered through the seagrass.’
- ‘Rather to my surprise, because fish only recently entered my daughter's menu on a regular basis, she chose the mullet.’
- ‘This venue is good for carp, crucians and mullet; it is also one of the prime catfish venues.’
- ‘At their best, grey mullet are fine fish to eat.’
- ‘Without doubt one of the nicest fish to catch in the ocean during the warm summer weather are mullet.’
- ‘With higher ocean temperature we often find more mackerel, bass and mullet willing to feed.’
- ‘Naturally I continued to fish on and had another two smaller thin-lipped mullet from other swims.’
- ‘Les gets his sea bass, grey mullet, and plaice from Morecambe Bay.’
- ‘The sea species that I have caught are mainly mullet and flounders, but I understand that there are also other sea species appearing, including bass.’
Late Middle English: from Old French mulet, diminutive of Latin mullus red mullet, from Greek mullos.
A star with five (or more) straight-edged points or rays, as a charge or a mark of cadency for a third son.
- ‘The mullet (star) represents the Lone Star of Texas and is surmounted by a sunburst symbolizing the Philippine Unit Commendation in World War II.’
- ‘He stated the mullet/star is the basic symbol of the Scottish clan DOUGLAS.’
- ‘The mullet, or star, is indicative of the upward surging spirit.’
Late Middle English: from Old French molette rowel, diminutive of meule millstone, from Latin mola grindstone.
A man's hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides and left long at the back.
- ‘Fordham earned the Viking tag largely thanks to his large frame, fuzzy beard and a remarkably coiffured lengthy brown mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘He has an obscene amount of muscles and an unfortunate shaggy mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘In every school yearbook picture Mullet had had a mullet.’
- ‘So, I had to wonder - what the hell is the deal with men wearing mullets and tight jeans?’
- ‘My only consolation is that everyone else is displaying equally questionable coiffures - mullets and blond highlights seemed to be the look of the late 80s Somerset Sixth Form student.’
- ‘With that name, do you think he wears a mullet?’
- ‘He's not bad looking but is sporting a mullet, singlet and silver chain.’
- ‘I'm going to drink nothing but warm Budweiser, cut my hair into a mullet and turn my living room into a replica of Nassau Coliseum, complete with strobe and laser lights and bad acoustics.’
- ‘They parade in their t-shirts with sunset prints on them, whilst fluffing their mullet haircuts.’
- ‘And at the end of the book he thought a blonde mullet and moustache was a good disguise.’
- ‘Anyone with that blonde mullet should keep a low profile.’
- ‘"There's talk of a league forming," says Chan, who is wearing a mullet wig.’
- ‘Joni sports a mid-range wrestler mullet and a purple wrestling suit to match it.’
- ‘The mullet, that dodgy haircut with short top and long back (aka business in the front, party at the back), is making a comeback.’
- ‘Midweek nightlife includes live singing to a karaoke track by a stout lady with a blonde mullet.’
- ‘Bott possesses a mean mullet haircut and a talent for sharpie dancing, amongst other dubious pursuits.’
- ‘Al had a heart-shaped face and mullet haircut peppered gray at the temples.’
- ‘Georges' wife, who works for a successful editor, is concerned: not least for their monosyllabic son, Pierrot, a young swimming champ who sports an unlikely curly mullet.’
- ‘They all had a variety of hair styles; mullets, colored Mohawks, long shaggy hair, sleek spikes.’
- ‘The fashion conscious would not hesitate in answering - they have all sported a mullet hairstyle.’
1990s: of unknown origin.
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.