Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A situation in which different actions or options result in no eventual gain or loss.
- ‘It tends to be swings and roundabouts really - sometimes I will be busy writing and other times I concentrate on designing websites.’
- ‘It's a game of swings and roundabouts but there's not a bookie in the business who would claim to be behind at the moment.’
- ‘My individual record this season has been pretty good as I've certainly won more than I've lost, but like any sport it's all swings and roundabouts.’
- ‘I don't want to have to, but it's swings and roundabouts.’
- ‘It's all about swings and roundabouts at the end of the day, and although we would like to see more volume everybody finds themselves in the same position.’
- ‘It's a case of swings and roundabouts where prejudice is concerned.’
- ‘Then again, I don't pay for bandwidth, so I guess it's swings and roundabouts really.’
- ‘But it is swings and roundabouts, and we have spent some fairly miserable weeks digging rain-swept car parks and damp, dark caves.’
- ‘But surely it is a case of swings and roundabouts.’
- ‘Given that the council makes something like in excess of £2 million from off-street car parks, and that income has gone up, I think there's an element of swings and roundabouts.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.