Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he had a dismal look in his eyes’
gloomy, glum, mournful, melancholy, morose, doleful, woeful, woebegone, forlorn, abject, dejected, depressed, dispirited, downcast, crestfallen, despondent, disconsolate, miserable, sad, unhappy, sorrowful, sorrowing, desolate, wretched, lugubrious
informal blue, fed up, down in the dumps, down in the mouth, as sick as a parrot
2‘she led them into a dismal cavernous hall’
dingy, dim, dark, gloomy, sombre, dreary, drab, dull, desolate, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, depressing, grim, funereal, inhospitable, uninviting, unwelcoming
3‘the team have produced a string of dismal performances’
bad, poor, dreadful, awful, terrible, pitiful, disgraceful, lamentable, deplorable
inferior, mediocre, unsatisfactory, inadequate, second-rate, third-rate, shoddy, inept, bungling
crummy, dire, diabolical, bum, rotten, pathetic, lousy, poxy
British duff, rubbish, ropy, chronic, pants, a load of pants
vulgar slang crap, crappy, shitty
North American vulgar slang chickenshit
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.