Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘his attempts to escape were constantly foiled’
thwart, frustrate, counter, oppose, baulk, disappoint, impede, obstruct, hamper, hinder, snooker, cripple, scotch, derail, smash, dash
stop, check, block, prevent, defeat, nip in the bud
informal mess up, screw up, do for, put paid to, stymie, cook someone's goose
British informal scupper, nobble, queer, put the mockers on
NZ Irish Australian vulgar slang root
1‘the black gown was the perfect foil for her colouring’
contrast, background, setting, relief, antithesis
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.