Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A city in North Yorkshire, northern England, on the River Ouse; population 136,900 (est. 2009). The Romans occupied the site, known as Eboracum, from ad 71 until about ad 400; in ad 867 it was taken by the Vikings. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York and is noted for its magnificent cathedral, York Minster.
From Danish Jorvik.
(of a bowler) bowl out (a batsman) with a ball that pitches under the bat:‘Hudson was finally yorked by Benjamin’
- ‘Lewry kept pitching the ball on middle stump, yorking Mark Ealham and Swann.’
- ‘Five minutes later with the score at 110, Statham yorked him.’
- ‘Davies had a big slice of fortune when he was yorked by Chris Holt with the score on 14, only for the umpire to signal no-ball.’
- ‘Australia's only other success came when Brett Lee yorked Indian captain Saurav Ganguly for 16.’
- ‘David Obuya was the man sent in to stave of the hat-trick but he was yorked by Lee with the most perfect of deliveries.’
Late 19th century: back-formation from yorker.
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.