Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘journalists cannot avoid liability for defamation merely by avoiding the naming of names’
accountability, responsibility, legal responsibility, answerability
incrimination, blame, blameworthiness, culpability, guilt, onus, fault
informal the rap
2‘they have some huge assets and some equally big liabilities’
financial obligation, debt, indebtedness, debit
debts, arrears, dues
3‘she had come to be seen as an electoral liability’
hindrance, encumbrance, burden, handicap, nuisance, inconvenience
obstacle, impediment, drawback, drag, disadvantage, weakness, shortcoming, problem, weak point, weak spot
millstone round one's neck, stumbling block, cross to bear, cross, albatross
informal minus, fly in the ointment
4‘their liability to the disease’
susceptibility, vulnerability, proneness, tendency, predisposition, propensity
risk, chance, likelihood, threat
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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.