Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a blank sheet of paper’
empty, unfilled, unmarked, unwritten on, unused, clear, free, bare, clean, plain, spotless, white
2‘a blank face’
expressionless, empty, vacant, deadpan, wooden, stony, impassive, inanimate, poker-faced, vacuous, glazed, fixed, lifeless, uninterested, emotionless, unresponsive, inscrutable
3‘‘What?’ said Maxim, looking blank’
baffled, nonplussed, mystified, stumped, at a loss, stuck, puzzled, perplexed, bewildered, bemused, ignorant, lost, muddled, uncomprehending, befuddled, fuddled, addled, at sea, all at sea, at sixes and sevens, confused
informal clueless, flummoxed, bamboozled, discombobulated, fazed, beaten
4‘a blank refusal’
outright, absolute, categorical, unqualified, utter, complete, thorough, flat, straight, positive, certain, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unmistakable, plain, clear, clear-cut
1‘leave blanks to type in the appropriate names’
space, gap, blank space, empty space
2‘that period is a blank to her now’
void, vacuum, emptiness, vacancy
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.