Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘weapons were often embellished with precious metal’
decorate, adorn, ornament, dress, dress up, furnish
beautify, enhance, enrich, grace
trim, garnish, gild, varnish
brighten up, ginger up
deck, bedeck, festoon, emblazon, bespangle
informal do up, do out, jazz up, zhoosh, zhoosh up
British informal tart up
literary bejewel, bedizen, caparison, furbelow, befrill
2‘the legend was embellished further by a visiting American academic’
elaborate, embroider, colour, expand on, exaggerate, dress up, touch up, gild, catastrophize
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.