Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a young woman of great beauty’
attractiveness, prettiness, good looks, pleasingness, comeliness, allure, allurement
loveliness, charm, appeal, heavenliness, voluptuousness
winsomeness, grace, elegance, exquisiteness
splendour, magnificence, grandeur, impressiveness, picturesqueness, artistry, decorativeness
gorgeousness, glamour, irresistibility
Northern English Scottish bonniness
formal beauteousness, pulchritude
2‘Esther was no beauty’
beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, Venus, goddess, beauty queen, English rose, picture, seductress
informal looker, good looker, lovely, stunner, knockout, bombshell, dish, cracker, smasher, peach, eyeful, bit of all right
ugly woman, hag
3‘the beauty of the system is that the information can be called up instantaneously’
advantage, attraction, strength, benefit, asset, draw, lure, pull, strong point, boon, blessing, virtue, merit, selling point, good point, good thing, bonus, plus, added extra
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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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.