Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash.
whip, horsewhip, lash, strap, birch, switch, flailView synonyms
- ‘For years people who want to have a recreational horse, and enjoy themselves, and don't want to have to be pulling and jerking on their horse or smacking it around with a quirt, or ramming the spurs home, have benefitted from our program.’
Hit with a quirt.‘Claggart quirted her again and again’
hit, beat, flog, whip, horsewhip, scourge, lash, flagellate, flail, strap, birch, cane, belt, leatherView synonyms
- ‘Their stocky Indian driver, pigtailed and black-hatted, followed them astride a mule and quirted their hindquarters with a length of rope which he swung like a lariat.’
Mid 19th century (originally US): from Spanish cuerda ‘cord’ (from Latin chorda ‘cord’) or from Mexican Spanish cuarta ‘whip’.
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.