Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a driving licence’
permit, certificate, document, documentation, authorization, warrant, voucher, diploma, imprimatur
2‘I went in dread of the beatings that teachers had licence to administer’
permission, authority, discretion, right, a free hand, leave, consent, authorization, sanction, approval, assent, entitlement, privilege, prerogative, blessing, exemption, mandate
power, empowerment, dispensation
informal a blank cheque
3‘they manufacture high-fashion footwear under licence’
franchise, permission, consent, sanction, warrant, warranty, charter
seal of approval
4‘the government was criticized for giving the army too much licence’
freedom, liberty, free rein, latitude, choice, option, independence, self-determination, scope, impunity, margin, leisure
5‘he may have used a little poetic licence to embroider a good yarn’
disregard for the facts, deviation from the truth, departure from the truth
inventiveness, invention, creativity, imagination, fancy
fancifulness, resourcefulness, ingenuity, inspiration
6‘churchmen and dissenters cooperated against the licence of the age’
licentiousness, dissoluteness, dissipation, debauchery, immorality, impropriety, decadence, profligacy, immoderation, intemperateness, indulgence, self-indulgence, excess, excessiveness, lack of restraint, lack of control, irresponsibility, abandon, laxness, laxity, disorder, disorderliness, unruliness, lawlessness, anarchy
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.