Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘her early life and antecedents have been traced’
ancestor, forefather, forebear, predecessor, progenitor
family, family tree, stock, ancestry, descent, genealogy, roots, extraction, birth
history, past, background, record
rare filiation, stirps
2‘music composed for vihuela (the guitar's lute-like antecedent)’
precursor, forerunner, predecessor
previous, earlier, prior, foregoing, preceding, precursory
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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.