Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a circle of gold stars on a background of azure blue’
ring, round, band, hoop, circlet
halo, disc, wreath
2‘a new circle of friends’
group, set, ring, company, body, coterie, clique
camp, league, faction
crowd, band, crew
informal gang, bunch, pack
3‘I'm afraid I don't move in such illustrious circles’
sphere, world, milieu, arena, domain
1‘seagulls circled above his head’
wheel, move round, move round in circles, revolve, rotate, whirl, spiral, gyrate
2‘Adam circled the building’
go round, walk round, travel round, circumnavigate
orbit, revolve round
3‘the abbey was circled by a huge wall’
surround, encircle, ring, ring round, enclose, encompass, bound
hedge in, fence in, hem in
literary gird, girdle
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.