Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- another term for branks
- ‘We've got replica handcuffs, manacles, thumb screws, a branding iron and even a scold's bridle, a metal head cage often used to punish and humiliate gossips to stop them from talking!’
- ‘I favoured the more macabre exhibits: scold's bridles, instruments of torture, things like that.’
- ‘One innovation will be the use of historical objects - such as a scold's bridle (a metal device used to hold down a woman's tongue) - to illustrate contemporary themes such as domestic violence.’
- ‘Rather less appealing are the cells and torture chamber, with chilling displays of racks, a spiked interrogation chair, and despicable implements called ‘scold's bridles’ and ‘shrews fiddles’.’
- ‘Surely, they must be the most uncomfortable garment ever invented, this side of a scold's bridle.’
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.