Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘cheap fabric soon frays’
unravel, wear, wear thin, wear out, wear away, wear through, become worn, become threadbare, become tattered, become ragged, go into holes, go through
2‘despite the situation, remarkably few nerves were frayed’
strain, tax, overtax, irritate, put on edge, make edgy, make tense
1‘the swordsman launched himself into the fray’
battle, engagement, conflict, armed conflict, fight, clash, skirmish, altercation, tussle, struggle, scuffle, melee, brawl, riot, commotion, disturbance
informal scrap, dust-up, set-to, free-for-all
British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck
British informal afters
Scottish informal rammy, swedge
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.