Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An Irish term for a girl or young woman.
lady, girl, member of the fair sex, member of the gentle sex, femaleView synonyms
- ‘A tireless worker all her life, she is a brave colleen and she shows what a woman can do when she puts her mind to it.’
- ‘Its most interesting aspect concerns the fate of the lovely colleen, called ‘Kitty.’’
- ‘Sally McCullough and Marie Murphy nudged the Slaney in front, but two games later the Collins' colleens were back on level terms, Brenda Deegan and Jackie McMullan producing the winning arrows.’
- ‘It is ironic that what O'Casey was satirising in some of his later plays, the dancing colleens at the crossroads blessed by big bellied bishops, is what, in effect, is celebrated in that father of all cash cows Riverdance.’
- ‘Just before the game a lovely colleen read the news headlines.’
Early 19th century: from Irish cailin, diminutive of caile ‘countrywoman’.
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.