Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the photograph is made up of tiny dots’
spot, speck, fleck, speckle, point, pinpoint, pinprick, mark, dab
bit, particle, atom, molecule, iota, jot, mote, mite
full stop, decimal point
rare macule, macula
1‘spots of rain began to dot his shirt’
spot, fleck, bespeckle, mark, dab, stipple, pock, freckle, sprinkle, dust
literary befleck, bestrew, besprinkle
2‘North Africa was once dotted with freshwater lakes’
scatter, pepper, sprinkle, strew, litter
punctuate, stud, cover
spread, disperse, intersperse, distribute
‘at six o'clock on the dot’
precisely, exactly, sharp, prompt, to the minute, on the nail
dead on, on the stroke of …
promptly, punctually, on time
bang on, spot on
on the button, on the nose
on the knocker
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.