Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘plants convert the radiant energy of the sun into chemical energy’
change, turn, transform, metamorphose, transfigure, transmute, translate
2‘the sofa converts to a bed’
change into, be able to be changed into, adapt to
3‘we converted the derelict properties into a women's centre’
adapt, turn, rebuild, reconstruct, redevelop, remake, make over, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp
modify, alter, customize
North American bring up to code
informal do up, fix up
North American informal rehab
4‘a novel which was later converted into a film script’
adapt, turn, rework, recast, reshape, refashion, remodel, remould
5‘that's no way to convert sinners’
proselytize, evangelize, bring to God, redeem, save, reform, re-educate, cause someone to change their beliefs, cause someone to change their mind, make someone see the light
persuade, convince, win over
North American proselyte
6‘the formula for converting centigrade into Fahrenheit’
exchange for, swap for
proselyte, neophyte, new believer
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.