Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘they convert crude oil into petroleum’
unrefined, unpurified, unprocessed, untreated
unmilled, unworked, unpolished, coarse, unprepared
raw, natural, plain
2‘Prussian infantrymen lined the crude barricade’
primitive, simple, basic, rudimentary, rough, rough and ready, rough-hewn, make-do, makeshift, improvised, cobbled together, thrown together, homespun, unfinished, unpolished, unformed, undeveloped
3‘he was reprimanded for making crude jokes’
vulgar, rude, risqué, suggestive, racy, earthy, off colour, colourful, indecent, bawdy, obscene, offensive, lewd, salacious, licentious, ribald, Rabelaisian, boorish, coarse, uncouth, indelicate, crass, tasteless, sordid, smutty, dirty, filthy, pornographic, X-rated, scatological
profane, foul, foul-mouthed, blasphemous, abusive, scurrilous
informal naughty, blue, raunchy, sleazy, porno, porn, steamy, spicy, locker-room
British informal fruity, saucy, near the knuckle, close to the bone
North American informal gamy
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