Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Having social pretensions; self-consciously genteel.‘the fancy sons of lace-curtain Boston lawyers’
- ‘So he made James Tyrone merely theatrical royalty and his wife Mary a preening lace-curtain Irish-American parochial schoolgirl, and grounded their tragedy in the everyday middle-class friction of family life lived in close quarters.’
- ‘He was fast and he had a pretty good ear but he had the terrible inferiority complex of the lace-curtain Irish and he never learned that it doesn't matter a damn where you come from socially; it is where you go.’
- ‘That hotel, once a popular spot for the lace-curtain Irish, still stands, though today it is a retirement home.’
- ‘I once directed a film about youth hockey in Boston's West Roxbury section, a classic lace-curtain Boston Irish neighborhood, filled with families moving up from poorer parts of the city.’
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.