Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a cricket ball’
sphere, globe, orb, globule, spherule, spheroid, ovoid
drop, droplet, bead
2‘a musket ball’
bullet, projectile, shot, pellet, slug, lead
1‘a fancy-dress ball’
dance, dinner dance, masked ball, masquerade, tea dance
North American hoedown, prom
informal hop, disco, bop
‘if you are really on the ball, you'll guess the killer’
alert, quick-witted, sharp, bright, quick, keen, perceptive, wide awake, responsive, agile, acute, astute
on one's toes, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, all there, with it, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
have a good time, have a great time, have fun, have the time of one's life
let one's hair down, whoop it up, have a fling, make whoopee, push the boat out, paint the town red, live it up
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.