Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A sign's physical form (such as a sound, printed word, or image) as distinct from its meaning.Compare with signified
symbol, mark, cipher, letter, character, numeral, figure, type, code, hieroglyphView synonyms
- ‘They draw attention to contingent referents, the signifiers and the sign-systems that position subjects as such.’
- ‘In Saussure's theory of linguistics, the signifier is the sound and the signified is the thought.’
- ‘The principal concern is the preposition ‘on’ as a signifier of contact with a surface - especially an upper surface.’
- ‘Phonology was of linguistic interest only to the extent that sound patterns functioned as signifiers.’
- ‘Social meaning and communication derive from a variety of signs and signifiers.’
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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.