Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A transmitter of undesirable opinions or attitudes:‘he is the Typhoid Mary of American politics’
- ‘Stories like that should embolden smart users so that, instead of accepting their co-workers’ incompetence, they will feel free to mock and ridicule these Typhoid Marys of the computer world.’
- ‘He takes the idea a step further with a fascinating theory about the personalities who transmit those viruses - the Typhoid Marys of social epidemics.’
- ‘I think Typhoid Marys would be people who push someone to see a show by railing about how dirty/immoral/ungodly it is.’
The nickname of Mary Mallon (died 1938), an Irish-born cook who transmitted typhoid fever in the US.
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.