Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A low-growing aromatic plant of the mint family. The small leaves are used as a culinary herb, and the plant yields a medicinal oil.
- ‘I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding cowslip grow.’
- ‘In a blender, blitz together the balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves and garlic.’
- ‘Home grown herbs would have included coriander, dill, thyme, opium poppy and summer savoury.’
- ‘Rosemary, thyme and dill are also good decorative herbs to plant with cabbages.’
- ‘Dishes are mostly enhanced with lemons and fresh or dried mountain herbs such as thyme and oregano.’
- ‘A rare delight is a pig's kidney the size of a fist baked slowly with thyme, tarragon, cream and snippets of bacon.’
- ‘When shopping for thyme plants you will use for cooking, pinch off a piece of leaf to taste before you buy.’
- ‘Grey mullet is popular in Mediterranean dishes and goes well with rosemary, thyme, garlic and fennel.’
- ‘It was often burned with juniper and thyme as a means of cleansing a room of witches and bad spirits.’
- ‘In front of the beech hedge, a patch of un-cultivated land overflowed with flowering thyme, rosemary and gorse.’
- ‘I also ignored the dried thyme that was provided in my bundle and used fresh thyme and rosemary because I had it on hand.’
- ‘Toss on a mass of fresh herbs, such as thyme or basil, or rub it with garlic and olive oil.’
- ‘I usually have a pot of parsley on the kitchen windowsill, as well as some tarragon and thyme.’
- ‘Over a medium heat, in a large pan, soften the onion, bay leaves and thyme in the butter for one minute.’
- ‘Squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands and add the beaten egg, salt, flour, parsley and thyme leaves, mixing well.’
- ‘Basil, marjoram and thyme grow well in small containers; bay, lavender and rosemary need larger ones.’
- ‘Other powerful herbs include dill, garden thyme, rosemary and peppermint.’
- ‘For the ham, boil in water with thyme, garlic, bay leaves, onions and leeks for two hours then break into largish pieces.’
- ‘I prepared chicken stock with bouillon cubes, adding sprigs of thyme and bay leaves.’
- ‘Add all the spices, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, shallots, garlic, vanilla pod and lemon slices.’
Middle English: from Old French thym, via Latin from Greek thumon, from thuein burn, sacrifice.
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.