Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘automatic garage doors’
mechanized, mechanical, automated, push-button, preprogrammed, computerized, electronic, robotic, unmanned
self-activating, self-regulating, self-directing, self-executing
2‘an automatic reaction’
instinctive, involuntary, unconscious, reflex, knee-jerk, reflexive, instinctual, subconscious, unconditioned
spontaneous, impulsive, unthinking, unpremeditated, unintentional, unintended, unbidden, unwitting, inadvertent
conscious, intentional, deliberate
3‘he is the automatic choice for the senior team’
inevitable, unavoidable, inescapable, unpreventable, necessary, ineluctable
certain, definite, undoubted, assured, obvious
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.