Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] A trick-taking card game for two players, using a 32-card pack consisting of the seven to the ace only.
- ‘The boy has won a hand of piquet, and the spinster has noticed that he has difficulty enjoying triumphs.’
- ‘So instead, we played bridge and piquet the whole morning.’
- ‘In spite of three hip replacements, Adams manages to visit his local pub to play piquet most evenings and continues to write.’
- ‘Together with Chekhov, they played piquet, frequented the Taverne Gothique for oysters, or the Casino Municipal for entertainment.’
- ‘Right all, we need to organise piquet tonight.’
- ‘By the fireplace, Protheroe, now dressed in sober grey, sat on a sofa playing piquet with an elderly gentleman.’
Mid 17th century: from French, of unknown origin.
- variant spelling of picket
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.