Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘I took a deep breath’
gulp of air, inhalation, inspiration
pant, gasp, wheeze
2‘I had barely enough breath left to gasp a reply’
3‘the night was still, with hardly a breath of wind’
puff, waft, slight stirring, sigh, faint breeze
4‘not a breath of scandal was ever associated with his name’
hint, suggestion, trace, touch, whisper, suspicion, whiff, undertone
5‘there was no breath left in him’
life, life force, animation, vital force
astonish, astound, amaze, surprise greatly, stun, startle, stagger, shock, shatter, take aback, stop someone in their tracks, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast, dumbfound, jolt, shake up
awe, overawe, thrill
knock for six, knock sideways, floor, flabbergast, blow someone's mind, blow away, knock someone out, bowl over, strike dumb
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.