Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the key to the mystery lay elsewhere’
answer, clue, solution, explanation, pointer, cue, lead
basis of, foundation for, requisite for
condition, precondition, essential, means, way, route, path, passport, secret, formula
guide, gloss, glossary, interpretation, explication, translation, clarification, exposition, annotation, index, legend, code
2‘a song in a minor key’
tone, pitch, timbre, tonality, tone colour, modulation
3‘it was like the sixties all over again, in a more austerely intellectual key’
style, character, mood, vein, spirit, feel, feeling, flavour, quality, humour, atmosphere
1‘he was a key figure in formulating policy’
crucial, central, essential, indispensable, basic, fundamental, pivotal, critical, decisive, dominant, vital, principal, salient, prime, chief, major, leading, main, important, significant
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.