Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the crook got five years for swindling two families’
criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
young offender, juvenile delinquent
felon, thief, robber, armed robber, burglar, housebreaker, shoplifter, mugger, fraudster, confidence trickster, swindler, racketeer, gunman, gangster, outlaw, bandit, terrorist, rapist
con, jailbird, lifer, baddy, shark, conman, con artist, hustler
North American yardbird, yegg
South African lighty
West Indian tief
British rhyming slang tea leaf
malfeasant, misfeasor, infractor
archaic miscreant, trespasser, trusty, transport
rare peculator, defalcator
2‘the leopard sat in the crook of a tree branch’
bend, curve, curvature, kink, bow, elbow, angle, fork, intersection
1‘he crooked his finger and called over the waiter’
cock, flex, bend, curve, curl, angle, hook, bow
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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.