Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘bugs were crawling everywhere’
insect, flea, mite, midge
informal creepy-crawly, beastie
British informal minibeast
2‘he went down with a stomach bug’
illness, ailment, infection, disease, disorder, sickness, affliction, malady, complaint, upset, condition, infirmity, indisposition, malaise
bacterium, germ, virus, bacillus, microorganism, microbe
3‘he caught the journalism bug at an early age’
obsession, enthusiasm, craze, fad, mania, rage, passion, fixation
hobby, interest, pastime
4‘the bug they planted on O'Brien's phone malfunctioned’
listening device, hidden microphone, receiver, transmitter, wire, wiretap, phone tap, tap
informal bugging device
5‘the program we used developed a bug’
fault, error, defect, flaw, imperfection, failing, breakdown
informal glitch, gremlin, snarl-up
1‘she fears that her conversations were bugged’
record, tap, listen in on, eavesdrop on, spy on, overhear
wiretap, tap, monitor, phone-tap
informal snoop on
2‘if there's one thing that really bugs me, it's trendy, middle-class liberals’
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.