Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘she went to stay with her friend in the next town’
companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associate
informal pal, bosom pal, buddy, bosom buddy, chum, spar, sidekick, cully, crony, main man
British informal bezzie, mate, oppo, china, mucker, butty, bruvver, bruv
Northern English informal marrow, marrer, marra
North American informal amigo, compadre, paisan, homie, bro
North American South African informal homeboy, homegirl
South African informal gabba
NZ Australian informal offsider
rare fidus Achates
2‘a meeting of the friends of the Royal Botanic Garden’
patron, backer, supporter, benefactor, benefactress, sponsor
well-wisher, defender, champion
rare benefactrice, benefactrix, Maecenas
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.