Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a bleak landscape’
bare, exposed, desolate, stark, arid, desert, denuded, lunar, open, empty, windswept
treeless, forestless, without vegetation, defoliated
unsheltered, unprotected, unshielded
2‘a bleak wind had got up’
cold, keen, raw, harsh, wintry
piercing, penetrating, biting, nipping, stinging, sharp
freezing, icy, icy-cold, frosty, frigid, chilly
British informal parky
3‘the future looks bleak’
unpromising, unfavourable, unpropitious, inauspicious, adverse, disadvantageous, uninviting, discouraging, disheartening, depressing, cheerless, joyless, gloomy, sombre, dreary, dismal, wretched, miserable, black, dark, grim, drab, portentous, foreboding, hopeless, ominous
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.