Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
‘at the moment it's all a bit hush-hush, so keep it under your hat’
conceal, hide, cover up, disguise, dissemble, mask, veil
keep secret, keep quiet about, keep dark, hush up, draw a veil over, sweep under the carpet, gloss over
suppress, repress, bottle up, bury
keep a lid on, keep the lid on
show, disclose, confess
‘something that is exceedingly popular today is usually old hat by tomorrow’
out of date, outdated, dated, old-fashioned, out, out of fashion, outmoded, unfashionable, last year's, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outworn, old, old-time, old-world, behind the times, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated, defunct
medieval, prehistoric, antediluvian, old-fogeyish, old-fangled, conservative, backward-looking, quaint, anachronistic, crusted, feudal, fusty, moth-eaten, olde worlde
passé, démodé, vieux jeu
square, not with it, out of the ark, creaky, clunky, mouldy
horse-and-buggy, rinky-dink, mossy
modern, up to date, fashionable
‘he was truly magnificent and I take my hat off to him’
praise, pay tribute to, sing the praises of, speak highly of, express admiration of, commend, acclaim, applaud, salute, honour, show appreciation of, appreciate, recognize, acknowledge, give recognition to, show gratitude to, be grateful for, pay homage to, extol
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.