Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he got to safety moments before the petrol ignited’
catch fire, catch, burst into flames, be set off, erupt, explode
burn up, burn, flame up
2‘he lit a cigarette which ignited the petrol fumes’
light, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set burning, fire, kindle, inflame, touch off
informal put a match to, set a match to
3‘the campaign failed to ignite voter interest’
arouse, kindle, trigger, spark, instigate, excite, provoke, foment
agitate, stimulate, stir up, work up, whip up, incite, fuel, animate
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.