Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the Irish flag’
banner, standard, ensign, pennant, pennon, banderole, streamer, jack
symbol, emblem, representation, figure, image
rare gonfalon, guidon, labarum
1‘spelling checkers can flag words that are not in a dictionary’
indicate, identify, pick out, point out
mark, mark out, label, tab, tag, tick
1‘the stone flags beneath his feet’
1‘they were flagging as the finish came into sight’
tire, become fatigued, grow tired, grow weary, weaken, grow weak, lose energy, lose strength, lose one's energy, lose one's strength, falter, languish, wilt, droop, sag
2‘one's mental energy flags in the afternoon’
fade, fail, decline, deteriorate, wane, ebb, diminish, decrease, lessen, abate, dwindle, erode, recede, sink, slump, taper off
wither, melt away, peter out, die away, die down, die out, die off
informal go downhill
‘she flagged down a police car’
hail, wave down, signal to stop, gesture to stop, motion to stop, make a sign to
stop, halt, summon
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.