Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1usually inhibitions‘not everyone managed to overcome their inhibitions’
shyness, reticence, self-consciousness, reserve, diffidence, bashfulness, coyness, embarrassment, unease, wariness, reluctance, discomfort, hesitance, hesitancy, apprehension, nerves, nervousness, insecurity
lack of confidence, unassertiveness, timidity, timorousness
repression, restraint, constraint, reservation, mental block, psychological block
2‘the inhibition of news publishing by libel laws’
hindrance, hampering, holding back, discouragement, obstruction, impediment, retardation
curbing, checking, suppression, repression, restriction, restraint, constraint, bridling, shackling, fettering, cramping, baulking, frustration, arrest, stifling, smothering, prevention, blocking, thwarting, foiling, quashing, stopping, halting, putting an end to, putting an stop to, nipping in the bud
curb, check, bar, barrier, straitjacket
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.