Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘they were violently assaulted by hooligans wielding bludgeons’
cudgel, club, stick, truncheon, baton, bat, heavy weapon, blunt instrument
North American nightstick, blackjack
British informal cosh
1‘he was waylaid by four of them and bludgeoned to death’
batter, cudgel, club, strike, hit, beat, beat up, hammer, thrash
2‘there are few things worse than being bludgeoned into reading a book you hate’
coerce, force, compel, press, pressurize, pressure, drive, bully, browbeat, hector, badger, dragoon, steamroller
oblige, make, prevail on, constrain
informal strong-arm, railroad, bulldoze, put the screws on, tighten the screws on, turn the screws on
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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.