Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he wagged his finger at her’
thumb, index finger, forefinger, first finger, middle finger, ring finger, little finger
North American pinkie
2‘a dark finger of land’
strip, rectangle, sliver, streak, pencil
1‘she fingered her brooch uneasily’
touch, feel, handle, manipulate, stroke, rub, caress, fondle, toy with, play, play about with, play around with, fiddle with, twiddle with, maul, meddle with, manhandle, pull, grab
put one's hands on, lay a finger on
informal paw, mess
2‘any seasoned thriller addict will immediately finger the culprit’
identify, recognize, single out, pick out, spot, choose, select, point out
inform on, denounce
point the finger at, grass on, rat on, squeal on, tell tales about, tell on, blow the whistle on, spill the beans about, sell down the river, snitch on, peach
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.