Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of a candidate or minority party) attract votes from another candidate or party with the result that both are defeated by a third.
- ‘The very fact that they could succeed in splitting the vote was indicative of a general degeneration and fragmentation of the Left.’
- ‘And instead of two or three parties opposing the ruling party, there were six or seven or eight opposing the ruling party and they split their vote terribly.’
- ‘She stood as an Independent instead, splitting the vote.’
- ‘If one prefers party A or B, but never C, then under the current system one must choose A or B and split the vote.’
- ‘His decision to stand as an Independent split the vote, allowing Mr Exley to win the seat with 1,607 votes.’
- ‘The major problem the Democrats had is that no less than three Democrats ran for the office, splitting the vote and media attention between them.’
- ‘It is a crying shame we couldn't all come together to avoid splitting the vote.’
- ‘Progressives across the country were presented with an old problem - vote for a less-than-perfect Democrat, or support a noble but doomed protest candidate and risk splitting the vote.’
- ‘I was on the verge of winning and he split the vote.’
- ‘The danger is that they may split the vote and drag each other down.’
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.