Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A child's word for a railroad train or locomotive, especially a steam engine.
- ‘And then as you go along, that little choo-choo starts adding things.’
- ‘Brian likes to play with the jigsaws and the choo-choo at school.’
- ‘Lancashire Railways is the first Wallace train game I played and it was obvious from the start that the man has an affinity for the choo-choos.’
- ‘And there's always the smell of apples, just like in the country when I was little and used to think I was a choo-choo train, running through the fields of corn and chugging up the hill to the orchard.’
- ‘He said it the way it was written, cheff, like cheese, chicken and choo-choo train.’
- ‘Come on ride the train; it's the choo-choo train!’
- ‘What's more no-one seems to know what it all means anymore - the choo-choo, the Virgin, the fireworks - it's just a tradition and that's good enough.’
- ‘The atmosphere is dense with honest collections: jukeboxes, table-top telephones, and a choo-choo train with tracks running round the ceiling.’
- ‘The programme would not be complete without a talk with veteran broadcaster Merv Smith, who has had a lifetime love affair with the choo-choos.’
- ‘I like to explain that a haemoglobin molecule is like a choo-choo train with four empty carriages.’
- ‘Emma's classes have stomped on imaginary snow monsters, jumped like bunnies, and learned to follow like choo-choo trains.’
- ‘Because he loves trains and he's my dad, and hey, how often does a girl get to spend some quality time with her old man and treat him to five-star trip on the choo-choo of his dreams?’
- ‘I didn't have all those colored puppets and magic choo-choos and whatnot.’
- ‘The choo-choo train said, ‘I think I can… I think I can… I think I can.’’
- ‘But, forget that, for certainly we create our own realities, and a delighted Richard is all-aboard the fabulous coronation choo-choo train.’
- ‘Ever since I was a small child I wanted to be an astronaut, or a cowboy, or a choo-choo train.’
- ‘Slower choo-choos are less apt to succumb to heat kinks; after a 1998 accident in Texas, Union Pacific Railroad mandated that trains not exceed 10 mph through areas with known or suspected kinks.’
- ‘My wife didn't have a watch; it was Halloween night at the Mall, they rode on the choo-choo, were you worried?’
- ‘The grandfather was dressed as a choo-choo train bound for Wonderland.’
- ‘Now, if I'm being absolutely honest with myself, I do not wake up every morning feeling ‘like the little choo-choo train who knows he can do it’, like Leil says I should.’
Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.
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.