Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An oiled leather boot, typically having a rubber sole.
- ‘When we were marching from one horror to another, I had shoepacks on because the ground was always wet or frozen.’
- ‘The shoepacks kept water out, but they also did not allow any air in to permit our sweaty feet to dry.’
- ‘I think that the shoepacks may be what are called Mickey Mouse boots today.’
- ‘Up front, the cold-weather men live in foxholes to find out how frostbite creeps up on troops, and whether the Army's new insulated, gum-rubber shoepacks are working effectively.’
- ‘I had on light wool stockings for my legs, a pair of deed skin leggings and wool wraps up to my knees, blanket lined shoepacks and two pair wool socks.’
- ‘They didn't have the clothes like we have now-a-days; like thermal shoepacks and snowsuits and stuff.’
- ‘For warmth and comfort, the pioneers stuffed their moccasins or shoepacks with deer hair or dry leaves.’
Mid 18th century: from Delaware ( Unami) sippack shoes, from čípahkpo moccasins, later assimilated to shoe and pack.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.