Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(chiefly in Caribbean English) a child.‘me and the pickney have to survive some way’Compare with pickaninny
child, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny totView synonyms
- ‘Now please don't get me wrong, I don't believe in spoiling kids at all, and I don't feel that I was raised as a pwoil pickney (spoiled child) at all.’
- ‘At this rate, only rich people pickney (rich people's kids) will be able to take advantage of this service.’
- ‘I didn't pick up on this perverted undertone when I was a pickney, did you?’
- ‘Let it be a warning to all school pickney, whether they hail from Cherry Gardens or from Tivarli!’
- ‘That must have been drummed into the head of the elderly man's wife when she was a pickney.’
The word pickney is derived from pickaninny but has different connotations. Pickaninny is now usually regarded as an offensive racial slur for a black child, whereas pickney is commonly used to mean ‘child’ in Caribbean English and in that context does not generally have offensive or racial overtones
Contraction of pickaninny.
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.