Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rope whip with nine knotted cords, formerly used (especially at sea) to flog offenders.→ cat
- ‘Selina ignored him, but I thought I could detect a hint of longing in the way she fingered the whip looped at her belt (a cat-o'-nine-tails).’
- ‘Flogging with the cat-o'-nine-tails and hanging were the major punishments.’
- ‘Jesus is beaten with canes, then with an early version of a cat-o'-nine-tails.’
- ‘A moment later, another of the invaders lashed him with a peculiar weapon that looked something like a cat-o'-nine-tails.’
- ‘Volney claimed that prisons officials were asking judges not to impose the cat-o'-nine-tails since they could not find them.’
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.