Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A beer jug or mug in the form of a stout old man wearing a three-cornered hat.
- ‘Too much Affordably Good Design made me want to go straight to a novelty shop in Devizes to buy a toby jug of a grinning trawlerman's head sporting a yellow sou'wester.’
- ‘For them, he was just an honoured toby jug, like Sun Yat Sen.’
- ‘It's like having to report the theft of one's collection of toby jugs.’
- ‘Jonathon Horne, a ceramics specialist, said: ‘You will pay between £700 and £1, 500 for a nice 18th century toby jug now.'’
Mid 19th century: pet form of the given name Tobias, and said to come from an 18th-century poem about Toby Philpot (with a pun on fill pot), a soldier who liked to drink.
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.