Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘much to his annoyance, Louise didn't even notice’
irritation, exasperation, vexation, indignation, anger, crossness, displeasure, chagrin, pique
2‘the council found him an annoyance’
nuisance, source of irritation, pest, bother, trial, irritant, inconvenience, menace, thorn in one's flesh
informal pain, pain in the neck, bind, bore, headache, hassle
Scottish informal nyaff, skelf
North American informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr in someone's saddle, burr under someone's saddle
Australian informal fair cow
NZ Australian informal nark
British vulgar slang pain in the arse
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.