Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘an ugly functional concrete building’
practical, useful, utilitarian, utility, workaday, serviceable
minimalist, plain, simple, basic
severe, spartan, ascetic, bare, modest, unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, unembellished, unostentatious, uncluttered, unfussy, without frills
impersonal, characterless, soulless, colourless, institutional, antiseptic, clinical
informal no frills
2‘the air vent needs clearing to keep it fully functional’
working, in working order, functioning, effective, usable, in service, in use
going, running, operative, operating, in operation, in commission, in action
informal up and running
out of order, malfunctioning
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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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.