Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1The little finger.‘bring the thumb and pinkie up until they are upright’as modifier ‘you're skinnier than my pinky finger!’
- ‘The nails on her pinkie and index finger were crushed.’
- ‘Gill had surgery on a broken pinkie on his left, non-shooting hand.’
- ‘The man across the table wearing a fur coat and had very long nails on his pinkies.’
- ‘On a normal keyboard, the resting position for my left hand has my pinkie and ring finger touching the side of the keyboard.’
- ‘I bet I could get my pinkie all the way in to the first knuckle.’
- ‘Scraping those last lipstick remnants out the tube with your pinkie is one way to stretch your lip color.’
- ‘She chewed grimly on the fingernail of her little pinkie, narrowing her eyebrows in frustration.’
- ‘She pushed her sunglasses up on her short hair, licked her pinkie, and rubbed her viewing lens.’
- ‘Kath held out her pinkie and Chloe hooked fingers with her.’
- ‘Lynn nodded and twirled her brown hair around her pinkie finger.’
- ‘Her arms were crossed and her hands were curled in a fist, palm up, with her thumbs and pinkies sticking out.’
- ‘All of his fingernails are short and dirty, except for the nail on his right pinkie, which is clean and long.’
- ‘The two little girls locked pinkies, looked at each other, kissed their fist, spit on the ground, and kicked sand over it.’
- ‘He sticks his pinkie fingers in his mouth and whistles.’
- ‘You watch a movie from 10 years ago, and people have cell phones the size of their heads, while now they're the size of their pinkies.’
- ‘He's got a lived-in face and a diamond on his pinkie the size of the Ritz.’
- ‘On the pinkie of her right hand she wears a large yellow jade stone set in diamonds, a traditional symbol worn by rich people to protect themselves from swindles.’
- ‘He'd tear apart the whole city in fury if his granddaughter gets even a little scratch on her pinkie.’
- ‘Roy smiles, and points his left hand at me, the pinkie and ring finger extended and others curled in.’
- ‘Taylor continues ranting a bit longer, winding a strand of bleach-blond hair around her pinkie.’
2US derogatory A term used by black people for a white person.
3The maggot of the greenbottle fly, used as fishing bait.
4Australian dated mass noun Cheap or home-made wine.
Early 19th century: pinkie (sense 1) partly from Dutch pinkje ‘the little finger’, reinforced by pink.
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.