Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert’
partner, companion, mate, helpmate, helpmeet
spouse, husband, wife
1‘my husband never consorted with other women’
associate, keep company, mix, mingle, go around, spend time, socialize, fraternize, have dealings, rub shoulders
North American rub elbows
informal hobnob, run around, hang around, hang round, hang out, knock about, knock around, pal around, chum around, be thick
British informal hang about
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.