Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the statistic is only an informed assumption’
supposition, presupposition, presumption, premise, belief, expectation, conjecture, speculation, surmise, guess, theory, hypothesis, postulation, conclusion, deduction, inference, thought, suspicion, notion, impression, fancy
guesswork, guessing, reckoning
2‘Theresa shrugged with an assumption of ease’
pretence, simulation, affectation
feigning, faking, shamming, pretending
3‘there is an early assumption of community obligation in the tribe’
acceptance, shouldering, handling, managing, tackling, taking on
undertaking, entering on, setting about, embarkation on
4‘no one had foreseen the assumption of power by the revolutionaries’
seizure, seizing, taking, taking over, taking away, appropriation, appropriating, commandeering, expropriation, expropriating, confiscation, confiscating, requisition, requisitioning, hijack, hijacking, wresting, usurping, pre-empting, arrogation, claiming
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.