Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Obliterate a mistake with white correction fluid.
- ‘The governor's office had whited out the answers.’
- ‘They should release the documents containing the allegations against him, with the sensitive bits whited out.’
- ‘Because of the privacy thing, when looking at students' papers, we white out all the names that are in the paper.’
- ‘I was in the production department, which involved random paste-ups, little editorial corrections and whiting out lines when they went over the panel border.’
- ‘A teacher at the school took a copy of the New York ballot paper, photocopied it and whited out all the nominees names, putting school subjects in their place.’
- ‘You can't just hit delete, you have to rip the pages or white out the text.’
2Impair someone's vision with a sudden bright light.
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.