Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the enemy was trying to hamstring his horse’
cripple, lame, hock, disable, handicap, injure
2‘we were hamstrung by a total lack of knowledge’
handicap, constrain, restrict, cripple, shackle, fetter, encumber, block, frustrate, cramp, bridle
hamper, hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up
restrain, check, curtail
North American informal bork
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.