Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
fortress, castle, citadel, blockhouse, burg, keep, tower, donjon, turret
stronghold, redoubt, fortification, bastion
rare hold, fortalice
‘I'll hold the fort until you get back’
stand in, fill in, act as stand-in, deputize, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, take over, be a substitute
take someone's place, act in someone's place, do duty, do a locum, be a locum, sit in, understudy
step into the breach
fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes
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.