Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A state or situation in which something needed cannot be obtained in sufficient amounts:‘a shortage of hard cash’[as modifier] ‘food shortages’[mass noun] ‘the problems of land shortage in the countryside’
scarcity, sparseness, sparsity, dearth, paucity, poverty, insufficiency, deficiency, inadequacy, famine, lack, want, meagreness, scantiness, limitedness, restrictedness, deficit, shortfall, rarity, rarenessexiguityView synonyms
- ‘In many areas civilians are struggling with serious shortages of food, medicine and clean water.’
- ‘Apart from that, the troops achieved their aims despite shortages of arms and poor food.’
- ‘Yet shortages did not mean that Soviet citizens were indifferent to consumption.’
- ‘They are suffering from acute shortages of food, medicine and clean water.’
- ‘During the Italian occupation, there was again a food shortage for about five years.’
- ‘Demand has been driven by shortages of property and land to develop in these areas.’
- ‘Food and other shortages have led to dissatisfaction among the population at large.’
- ‘She said there were still many food shortages because of the disruption to supplies.’
- ‘At the same time, millions of people are facing starvation because of food shortages.’
- ‘Up to three million people are facing chronic food shortages in the coming months.’
- ‘Food shortages were a problem both for natives and refugees at the end of the war.’
- ‘Part two of my contingency plan addresses the food shortage caused by panic buying.’
- ‘Soon there was a great shortage of food, and there was no more medicine, and no more clothing.’
- ‘This shortage of funds means many schools will have to set deficit budgets for the coming year.’
- ‘In the face of low pay and staff shortages, awards may seem cold comfort.’
- ‘They made fields untillable and led to food shortages that continue to this day.’
- ‘Here individuals in villages can deal with localized shortages by drawing on foods that have been stored.’
- ‘There are many parts of the world where the shortage of food lasts for years, not just for one.’
- ‘There were food shortages, since people from unaffected areas did not have anything to eat either.’
- ‘Similarly, there are a number of countries facing severe food shortages at the moment.’
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.