Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘an acceptable substitute for champagne’
satisfactory, adequate, reasonable, quite good, fair, decent, good enough, sufficient, sufficiently good, fine, in order, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, competent, not bad, all right, average, tolerable, passable, middling, moderate
informal OK, so-so, fair-to-middling
North American NZ Australian informal jake
2‘a most acceptable present’
pleasing, agreeable, delightful, desirable, satisfying, gratifying, to one's liking
unwelcome, unsuitable, undesirable
3‘the risk had seemed acceptable at the time’
bearable, tolerable, allowable, admissible, supportable, sustainable, justifiable, defensible, defendable
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.