Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he lacked adequate financial resources’
sufficient, enough, ample, requisite, apposite, appropriate, suitable
2‘the company provides an adequate but not top-notch service’
acceptable, passable, reasonable, satisfactory, tolerable, fair, fairly good, pretty good, goodish, middle-of-the-road, mediocre, unexceptional, unexceptionable, undistinguished, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, indifferent, average, not bad, all right, good enough, so-so, minimal, medium, moderate, run-of-the-mill, forgettable
informal OK, okay, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, nothing to shout about, no great shakes, bog-standard
NZ Australian informal half-pie
3‘the workstations were small but seemed adequate to the task’
equal to, up to, capable, of, suited to, suitable for, able to do, qualified for, fit for, good enough for, sufficient for
informal up to scratch
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.