Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘smoke curled up from his cigarette’
spiral, coil, wreathe, twirl, swirl, furl
wind, curve, bend, twist, twist and turn, loop, meander, snake, corkscrew, zigzag
2‘Ruth curled her arms around his neck’
wind, twine, entwine, wrap
3‘she washed and curled my hair’
crimp, wave, tong
4‘the rain had made his hair curl even more’
go curly, go frizzy, frizz out, frizzle, crinkle
5‘they curled up together on the sofa’
nestle, snuggle, cuddle
North American snug down
1‘her blonde hair was a mass of tangled curls’
ringlet, corkscrew, coil, kink, wave
2‘a curl of smoke’
spiral, coil, wreath, twirl, swirl, furl, twist, corkscrew, curlicue, whorl, helix, gyre
‘I could tell you things about him that would make your hair curl’
shock, stun, horrify, appal, scandalize, make someone's blood run cold
make someone's hair stand on end
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.