Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
no object, with adverbial of direction Move rapidly, especially with a whirring sound.‘five dark birds rose skirring away’
dash, dart, run, sprint, race, rush, hurry, hasten, hare, hurtle, bolt, shoot, charge, career, speed, fly, whizz, zoomView synonyms
- ‘His chuckle was as affable and reassuring as the skirr of a buzz-saw.’
- ‘Only two days on the job, but 18-year-old Talia already knows the drill as her green mountain bike skirrs over potholes in turbid laneways.’
- ‘Whereupon, a spandrel skirrs, having put the ‘maze’ in paronomasia.’
Mid 16th century: perhaps related to scour or scour.
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.