Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A heavy cotton fabric, typically with a floral pattern printed on one or both sides, used for upholstery.
- ‘These fabrics are cretonnes, the end-of-the-19th Century's version of unglazed chintz.’
- ‘It was hung with mirrors and cretonnes, it was richly carpeted, and, of course, it was lighted by electricity.’
- ‘She asked Lily Yeats in London to source William Morris wallpapers and cretonnes for the bedrooms of the small daughters of Lord and Lady Stonehaven.’
- ‘He had the same smile on his face that he used to have before the war when he stood behind his counter and sold cretonnes and percales.’
- ‘Many people do not understand the use of chintzes and cretonnes, other than in bedrooms and summer cottages.’
- ‘But the cretonnes and tapestries of Merton are coarse and almost clumsy compared with these exquisite stuffs.’
- ‘If variety in the color-scheme is desired, it may be introduced by means of cretonnes or silks used for hangings and furniture covers.’
- ‘The wall is tinted a warm gray shade, pink rugs are on the floor and a pink cretonne curtain hangs between the roomy clothes closet and bedroom.’
- ‘There are many designs of sets of small tables and chairs made with good lines, and the wicker ones with lovely cretonne cushions are very attractive.’
- ‘All the fabrics took form at Mrs Aline's, a dressmaker; the nimble fingers of seven trainees changed laces, cadis, cretonnes and silks into blouses, waistcoats and gowns.’
- ‘It was furnished like the maid's rooms and the bed here was of painted iron with a cretonne bedspread.’
- ‘The outer cover has a top of floral and striped cretonne and a backing of faded pink cotton.’
- ‘Both the English-style cretonnes and the eiderdowns are the hotel's own design.’
- ‘A discarded packing case divided into several sections and covered with cretonne makes an ideal magazine file.’
- ‘Curtains were made of cretonnes, silk and woolen, all matching the beautiful wallpaper.’
- ‘It was there that I learned to make pattern designs and designs for cretonnes that were eventually sold all over the country.’
Late 19th century: from French, of unknown origin.
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.