Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1treated as singular A game in which small plastic counters are flicked into a central receptacle by being pressed on the edge with a larger counter.
- ‘They needn't think because they have banned us that we are going to go away and play tiddlywinks.’
- ‘He added: ‘Away from home, we can't even win a game of tiddlywinks, never mind a game of football!’
- ‘One shouldn't expect equal access to everything - I certainly don't - and there are private members' clubs covering everything from underwater basket-weaving to tiddlywinks.’
- ‘If I joined the tiddlywinks association, and start playing darts, or tiddlywinks, or sports, or swimming or whatever, nobody counts me.’
- ‘It's the same with football or cricket or tiddlywinks or darts, it's a creation, it's not real.’
- ‘‘When I was in my early twenties,’ Shapiro said, ‘I was on the tiddlywinks team at MIT, and wasn't very good, but I became the town historian of tiddlywinks.’’
- ‘I picked up a few bumps and bruises but we are not playing tiddlywinks.’
- ‘As Sir Alex Ferguson said this week: ‘If we were playing them at tiddlywinks it would still be a great competition’.’
- ‘For all the easy going humour, Channon's competitive streak dictates that he would find it hard to take in the concept of a friendly game of tiddlywinks.’
- ‘We might as well have been playing tiddlywinks.’
- ‘‘I was captain of tiddlywinks of my house at school,’ she enthused, ‘perhaps I could be on the programme as well.’’
- ‘We think this could improve your performance in everything from tiddlywinks to weightlifting if you do it right.’
- ‘They now hope to break world records for playing tiddlywinks and for ‘winking’ a mile in the fastest time.’
- ‘Whether it's your first game or your last one or a game of table tennis or tiddlywinks, you want to win.’
- ‘Continuing from Gonzo's piece here, I thought I'd note Mark Devenport's article on Northern Ireland's national sport, and I'm not talking football, rugby, Gaelic or even tiddlywinks.’
- ‘For some people, however, betting pennies on tiddlywinks or 10 bucks on Pick 4 constitutes a ‘gambling problem.’’
- ‘If I were going to a place where a hard day is one game of tiddlywinks instead of two, I wouldn't be afraid either.’
- ‘We hate to lose, and we don't like drawing - you should see our guys play tiddlywinks.’
2A counter used in the game of tiddlywinks.
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to tiddly. The word originally denoted an unlicensed public house, also a game of dominoes.
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.