Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘she dabbed her face with a cold flannel’
North American washcloth, washrag
2‘don't accept any flannel from salespeople’
smooth talk, flattery, blarney, blandishments, honeyed words
prevarication, hedging, equivocation, evasion, double-talk, doublespeak
spiel, soft soap, sweet talk, buttering up, weasel words, baloney, rot, waffle, hot air, poppycock, tripe, bosh, bunk
NZ Australian guyver, smoodging
1‘she can tell if you're flannelling’
use flattery, talk blarney, flatter, pull the wool over someone's eyes
prevaricate, hedge, equivocate, be evasive, vacillate, blather, dodge the issue, evade the issue, stall
hum and haw
waffle, shilly-shally, soft-soap, sweet-talk, butter someone up, pussyfoot around
North American fast-talk
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.