Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the police had a good network of informers’
betrayer, traitor, Judas, collaborator, double-crosser, fifth columnist, double agent, spy, infiltrator, plant, turncoat
North American tattletale
informal rat, squealer, stool pigeon, stoolie, telltale, tale teller, whistle-blower, snake in the grass, canary, snitch, peacher
British informal grass, supergrass, nark, snout, nose
Scottish informal clype
Scottish Northern Irish informal tout
North American informal fink
NZ Australian informal fizgig, pimp, shelf
archaic intelligencer, beagle
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.