Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A word or expression used because it is thought to be socially more acceptable than the everyday word.‘in German usage “sister” was the accepted genteelism for “mistress.”’
polite term, substitute, mild alternative, indirect term, understatement, underplaying, softening, politeness, genteelism, coy termView synonyms
- ‘Lady used to indicate a woman professional, as in lady doctor and lady lawyer, a genteelism that dates from a time when women were rare in such professions.’
- ‘This genteelism is creeping in all over the place, as if the word ‘me’ has suddenly become impolite.’
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.