Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the dragoons charged our left flank’
cavalryman, mounted soldier, horse soldier, cavalier, knight, chevalier
carabineer, hussar, lancer, cuirassier, sabreur
1‘he dragooned his friends into amateur dramatics’
coerce, pressure, pressurize, bring pressure to bear on, use pressure on, put pressure on, constrain, lean on, press, push
force, compel, impel, oblige, put under an obligation, squeeze, hound, harass, nag, harry, badger, goad, drive, prod, pester, browbeat, brainwash, bludgeon, bully, threaten, tyrannize, prevail on, work on, act on, influence, intimidate, twist someone's arm, strong-arm
North American blackjack
informal bulldoze, railroad, put the screws on, put the squeeze on
British informal bounce
North American informal hustle, fast-talk
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.