Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he had been a lousy husband’
awful, terrible, appalling, abysmal, very bad, atrocious, desperate, unspeakable, frightful, miserable
poor, incompetent, inadequate, unsatisfactory, inferior, not up to scratch, careless, second-rate, shoddy, slovenly
rotten, pathetic, useless, hopeless
British duff, poxy, rubbish, pants, a load of pants
2‘the lousy, double-crossing snake!’
despicable, contemptible, dirty, low, mean, base, low-down, hateful, detestable, loathsome, vile, wicked, vicious
rare pedicular, pediculous
4‘Doc Reid dishes me out a few vitamin pills when I'm feeling lousy’
ill, unwell, poorly, sick, nauseous, nauseated, queasy, bad
British off, off colour
rough, rotten, awful, out of sorts, under the weather
British grotty, ropy
vulgar slang crappy
‘the town is lousy with tourists’
full of, crowded with, overrun by, overflowing with, swarming with, teeming with, alive with, crawling with, hopping with, bristling with, thronged with, packed with, rife with, well supplied with, awash with, abounding in, abundant in, knee-deep in, rolling in
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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.