Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rich fruit cake, typically with a marzipan covering and decoration, eaten especially at Easter or during Lent.
- ‘Very many thanks for a multitude of letters, and for unfailing generosity, courtesy, tea and simnel cake.’
- ‘However, if you are seeking something more robust, guests at Ashes Barn will be greeted with a slice of simnel cake for tea - and the obligatory chocolate eggs are saved until Easter morning.’
- ‘As an ingredient in baking and flour confectionery, marzipan is an integral part of several traditional recipes, for instance stollen and simnel cakes.’
- ‘She baked simnel cake, parkin and scones and made ‘mintoes’ out of powdered milk, syrup and peppermint.’
- ‘He is equally worried about the demise of traditional Yorkshire food, including such delights as Yorkshire relish, plot toffee, simnel cake and curd tart.’
- ‘Ah, and I probably should have tried doing the research before I started writing, as the first site Google finds claims that simnel cakes are to do with Mothering Sunday, and should have 11 balls.’
Mid 17th century: simnel from Old French simenel, based on Latin simila or Greek semidalis fine flour.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.