Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
small person, short person, person of restricted growth
rare manikin, homunculus, Lilliputian
2‘the wizard captured the dwarf’
gnome, goblin, hobgoblin, troll, imp, elf, brownie, kelpie, leprechaun, fairy, pixie, sprite
1‘the driveway was flanked by dwarf conifers’
miniature, small, little, tiny, minute, toy, pocket, diminutive, baby, pygmy, stunted, undersized, undersize, small-scale, scaled-down, fun-size
North American vest-pocket
informal mini, teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy, tiddly, pint-sized, half-pint, sawn-off, knee-high to a grasshopper
British informal titchy, ickle
North American informal little-bitty
1‘either of the two blocks would dwarf any existing building in Ireland’
dominate, tower above, tower over, loom over, overlook, overshadow, overtop
2‘her progress was dwarfed by the achievements of her sister’
overshadow, outshine, put in the shade, surpass, exceed, outclass, outstrip, outdo, top, cap, trump, transcend
shame, put to shame, diminish, minimize
archaic extinguish, outrival
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.