Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘an officer of the county court’
representative, agent, deputy, messenger, envoy
2‘the officers of the society are under considerable pressure’
committee member, official, office-holder, office-bearer, board member, public servant, administrator, commissioner, executive, functionary, bureaucrat, dignitary
3‘all officers carry warrant cards’
police officer, policeman, policewoman, PC, WPC, officer of the law, detective, DC
North American roundsman, trooper, peace officer, lawman
informal cop, pig, woodentop
British informal copper, busy, bizzy, plod, rozzer, bobby
North American informal narc, gumshoe, bear, uniform
NZ Australian informal demon, walloper, John Hop
informal, dated tec, dick, flatfoot, flattie
archaic peeler, bluebottle, finger, bogey, runner
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.