Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he was being held in solitary confinement’
imprisonment, internment, incarceration, custody, captivity, detention, restraint, arrest, house arrest
literary thraldom, thrall
archaic duress, durance
2‘prolonged confinement of an animal is prohibited’
penning, caging, locking up, walling in, walling up, enclosure, encirclement, surrounding, encompassment
North American corralling
3‘she was admitted to hospital for her confinement’
labour, giving birth, birthing
birth, childbirth, nativity
archaic lying-in, accouchement, childbed, travail
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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.