Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘don't talk complete nonsense, please!’
rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, blether
informal hogwash, rot, baloney, tripe, drivel, gobbledegook, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, hot air, eyewash, piffle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, twaddle, dribble
British informal cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, tosh, double Dutch, flannel, waffle
Northern English Scottish informal havers
North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
informal, dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
vulgar slang shit, bullshit, crap, bollocks, balls
North American vulgar slang crapola
NZ Australian vulgar slang bulldust
2‘modern, mechanized methods would make economic nonsense on a smallholding’
ridiculousness, stupidity, absurdity, ludicrousness, inanity, fatuity, pointlessness, foolishness, folly, foolhardiness, silliness, idiocy, senselessness, insanity, madness
3‘Elaine could not see the villagers putting up with any nonsense from her’
mischief, mischievousness, naughtiness, badness
bad behaviour, misbehaviour, misconduct, misdemeanour, perversity, pranks, tricks, larks, capers, joking, jesting, clowning, buffoonery, roguery, devilry, funny business
informal tomfoolery, monkey tricks, monkey business, shenanigans, goings-on, hanky-panky
British informal carry-on, carryings-on, jiggery-pokery
1‘he pictured his world in a muscular, no-frills, no-nonsense sort of way’
matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, practical, sensible, realistic, full of common sense, commonsensical, reasonable, rational, logical, sound, balanced, sober, pragmatic, level-headed, serious-minded, businesslike, hard-headed, responsible, sane, mundane, unromantic, unidealistic
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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.