Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘tie a small knot in the yarn’
tie, twist, loop, bow, splice, splicing, join, link, fastening, bond, intertwinement, interlacement, ligature, joint, connection
2‘a knot in the wood’
nodule, gnarl, knurl, node, lump, knob, swelling, growth, gall, protuberance, bump
3‘there was a knot of people around Catherine’
cluster, group, band, huddle, bunch, circle, ring, set, collection
party, gathering, company, crowd, throng, swarm, host, flock, gang, assemblage, mob, pack
4‘a pretty garden with knots of lavender’
clump, tuft, cluster, bunch, tuffet, tussock, bush
1‘their scarves were knotted round their throats’
tie, make a knot in, tie a knot in, make a bow in, loop, lace
fasten, secure, bind, make fast, tie up, do up, lash, tether
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.