Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
sycophant, toady, lackey, flunkey, minion, stooge, kowtower, truckler, groveller, crawler, creep, fawner, flatterer, lickspittle, uriah heep, puppet, cat's paw, instrument, pawn, underling, hanger-on, camp follower, doormat, spanielView synonyms
- ‘It would be fair to assume that there wouldn't be much chance for advancement within a particular system dynamic for an accomplished toad-eater.’
- ‘Lord Exbury's foppish elder son, his self-absorbed daughter, a local toad-eater, and a peasant couple are examples of the breadth of the play's dramatis personae.’
- ‘A train of about twelve persons, consisting of her noble fellow-travellers, toad-eaters, physicians, secretaries, & c. & c. & c. followed.’
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.