Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘she wore a scarlet band round her waist’
belt, sash, girdle, strap, tape, ring, hoop, loop, circlet, circle, cord, tie, string, thong, ribbon, fillet, strip
2‘grey socks with a dark red band around their tops’
stripe, strip, streak, line, bar, belt, swathe, vein, thread, flash
technical stria, striation, lane
1‘a band of robbers’
group, gang, mob, pack, troop, troupe, company, party, bevy, crew, body, working party, posse
team, side, selection, line-up, array
gathering, crowd, horde, throng, assembly, assemblage
association, society, club, circle, fellowship, partnership, guild, lodge, order, fraternity, confraternity, brotherhood, sisterhood, sorority, union, alliance, affiliation, institution, league, federation, clique, set, coterie
squad, corps, cadre, contingent, detachment, unit, detail, patrol, army, cohort
informal bunch, gaggle
2‘he plays the trumpet in a band’
group, musical group, pop group, ensemble, orchestra
1‘local people banded together to fight the company’
join, join up, team up, join forces, pool resources, club together, get together, come together
collaborate, cooperate, work together, pull together
amalgamate, unite, form an alliance, form an association, combine, merge, affiliate, federate
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.