Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘Edward was in the car when he heard the explosion’
detonation, discharge, eruption, blowing up, ignition
bang, blast, boom, rumble, crash, crack, report, thunder, roll, clap, pop
informal wham, whump
2‘an explosion of anger’
outburst, flare-up, blow-up, outbreak, eruption, storm, rush, spate, surge, rash, wave, access, effusion
fit, paroxysm, spasm, attack, spell
rare ebullition, boutade
3‘the explosion of human populations in the last hundred years’
sudden increase, rapid increase, dramatic increase, mushrooming, snowballing, escalation, multiplication, burgeoning, rocketing, shooting up
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.