Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well be proved wrong by events.‘“I'll be perfectly OK on my own.” “Famous last words,” she thought to herself’
- ‘This time we have ‘no return to boom and bust’, a mantra which could turn out to be Gordon Brown's famous last words.’
- ‘‘No need to worry any more, our ISP blocks all viruses’ could become some of the Net's most famous last words.’
- ‘Perhaps the most famous last words in military history were uttered by an American Civil War officer, John Sedgwick: They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.’
- ‘No one laughed when Gen. George Custer uttered his famous last words at Little Big Horn: ‘We're not out of it.’’
- ‘So for now I'm off to make my final preparations in the hope that all runs smoothly… famous last words!’
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.