Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
irritate, annoy, irk, gall, vex, anger, exasperate, infuriate, bother, provoke
upset, displease, offend, affront, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, disgruntle, rankle with, pique, needle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, chafe
British rub up the wrong way
North American rankle, ride, gravel
informal peeve, aggravate, miff, rile, get, get to, bug, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat, drive up the wall
British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across someone
North American informal tick off
NZ informal rark
vulgar slang piss off
British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
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.