Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(especially of a doctrine or mode of speech) intended for or likely to be understood by the general public.‘an exoteric, literal meaning and an esoteric, inner teaching’The opposite of esoteric
- ‘This seems untrue to me, since the Will to Power was merely Nietzsche's exoteric doctrine.’
- ‘The ordinary people are required to accept the Quran in its literal or exoteric sense whereas the philosophers have much more discretion in interpreting scriptural truth.’
- ‘Some religious books counted as mere exoteric teaching for the masses.’
- ‘They believed also in esoteric meanings accessible only to the powerful elite, as opposed to exoteric doctrine suitable for the masses.’
- ‘By contrast with his exoteric presentation at Birkbeck a week ago, his lecture last night - aimed ‘at comrades’ - was a much more focused affair.’
Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō ‘outer’, comparative of exō ‘outside’.
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.