Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A consistently unlucky or accident-prone person.
- ‘And a schlemazel (biggest idiot) would do the first two things and end up cutting off his hands in the process.’
- ‘‘If you don't, ‘said the schlimazel, ‘I'll go into the hat business.’’
- ‘‘You must give me money,’ insisted the schlimazel.’
- ‘Because of its poor reception, it became his own favorite - like parents who among their children favor the schlimazel.’
- ‘Schlemiel and schlimazel that we are, the power went out, but it fortuitously came back on in just enough time to warm the warm and chill the cold.’
Yiddish, from Middle High German slim ‘crooked’ + Hebrew mazzāl ‘luck’.
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.