Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The euphemistic or cryptic language supposedly used among high-ranking US military personnel.
- ‘‘Synergism’ is Pentagonese for ‘choreographing a military ballet.’’
- ‘Or, to borrow a phrase currently hip in Pentagonese, new ways of ‘degrading’ the language.’
- ‘Seriously though, the funniest part of the story is the Pentagonese for ‘lapdance’ is ‘client-focused exotic dancing.’’
- ‘What Iraq suffers from most, it seems, is a shortage of trained memo writers and answers of ‘snowflakes’ (a Pentagonese expression that I think refers to urgent questions from the cabal.)’
- ‘After ‘embedded’ was accredited in Pentagonese, TV news channels grabbed and ran with it, and it was free for all.’
1950s: from pentagon + -ese.
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.