Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘his living room had a couple of ceiling fans’
air cooler, air conditioner, ventilator, blower, aerator
1‘she lifted a hand to fan her hot cheeks’
cool, air, aerate, blow, ventilate
2‘the article fanned the public's fear of nuclear radiation’
intensify, increase, agitate, inflame, exacerbate
stimulate, stir up, work up, whip up, incite, fuel, animate
ignite, kindle, trigger, spark, instigate, arouse, excite, provoke, foment
3‘the police squad fanned out with their weapons at the ready’
spread, open, branch, stretch
outspread, unfurl, unfold
1‘a fan of classical violin music’
enthusiast, devotee, admirer, lover, addict
supporter, follower, disciple, adherent, backer, zealot, champion, votary
expert, connoisseur, aficionado
informal buff, fiend, freak, bug, nut, maniac, groupie, junkie
North American informal jock
British informal barmy army
‘instead of being a calming force you fanned the flames of hostility’
stir up, whip up, encourage, incite, stoke up, fuel, kindle, ignite, inflame, stimulate, instigate, provoke, excite, arouse, awaken, waken, inspire, trigger, spark off, ferment, foment
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.