Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A short bar of iron or steel used as a lever, especially for tightening a box spanner.
- ‘So we are indebted to young Steve Hurrell of Brighton, who tells me that ‘a podger is a steel tool used by scaffolders to tighten and untighten scaffold clamps.’’
- ‘But now Mark, a keen reader of this column and a Merchant Navy second engineer, no less, has sent me a fine drawing of how podgers are used (on land, that is).’
- ‘He also tells me that although his ship still carries podgers on board for pipe-flange aligning, the scaffolders ‘nicked the name’ from the more elevated steel erectors who work much higher up on such mighty structures as pylons.’
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.