Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1An Australian acacia tree with silvery foliage sometimes used as fodder.
2Australian An Aborigine living in a traditional way.
- ‘The luluing of the famished myall mingled with the howl of the hunting dingo.’
- ‘Telfer's accounts of this and other pitched battles with ‘myalls’ might be dismissed by the sceptic as unsupported hearsay.’
- ‘I was told that they shot down myalls up and down the Lander River for many miles.’
Mid 19th century (in myall): sense 2 from Dharuk myal, miyal person from another tribe; sense 1 is perhaps an unexplained transferred use of sense 2.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.