Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘she reached the bottom of the stairs’
foot, lowest part, lowest point, base, extremity
foundation, basis, support, substructure, substratum, groundwork, underpinning
2‘they examined the bottom of the car’
underside, lower side, underneath, undersurface, undercarriage, underpart, belly, underbelly
3‘the boat sank to the bottom of Lake Ontario’
floor, bed, ground, depths
4‘there's a little cottage at the bottom of his garden’
the furthest part, the farthest point, the far end, the extremity
5‘Mark was right at the bottom of his class’
lowest level, lowest position, least important part, least successful part, least honourable part
6‘I've got a tattoo on my bottom’
rear, rump, rear end, backside, seat
buttocks, cheeks, hindquarters, haunches
informal behind, sit-upon, stern, BTM, tochus, rusty dusty
informal bum, botty, prat, jacksie
Scottish informal bahookie
North American informal butt, fanny, tush, tushie, tail, duff, buns, booty, caboose, heinie, patootie, keister, tuchis, bazoo, bippy
West Indian informal batty, rass
humorous fundament, posterior
vulgar slang arse, clunge
North American vulgar slang ass
7‘Police got to the bottom of a racket in stolen cars’
origin, cause, root, source, starting point, core, centre, heart, kernel, base, basis, foundation
reality, essence, nitty-gritty, substance
1‘she sat on the bottom step’
lowest, last, bottommost, undermost, ground
‘they had to fumigate the house from top to bottom’
thoroughly, fully, to the fullest extent, extensively, completely, comprehensively, rigorously, exhaustively, scrupulously, meticulously, conscientiously, minutely, in close detail
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.