Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the large hall is lit by an opening in the centre of the roof’
hole, gap, aperture, space, orifice, vent, slot, window, crack, slit, gash, split, fissure, perforation, cleft, crevice, cut, incision, rent, cavity, cranny, groove, chink, eye, mouth
loophole, spyhole, peephole, judas
2‘she was still heading towards the dark opening in the wall’
doorway, gateway, portal, way, entrance, entry, entryway, means of entry, way in, entrée, access, means of access, exit, egress, way out
3‘United created openings but were unable to score’
opportunity, chance, favourable moment, favourable occasion, favourable time, right set of circumstances, moment, occasion, window, window of opportunity, possibility, turn, time
informal break, lucky break, shot
4‘I'm looking for an opening with a stockbroker’
vacancy, position, job, opportunity
5‘the opening of the session had been repeatedly postponed’
beginning, start, outset, inception, launch, birth, dawn
introduction, preliminary, preface, prelude, foreword, preamble, prefatory remarks, opening statement, opening remarks, prologue
rare proem, prolegomenon
closure, close, end, termination
6‘he crashes gallery openings for a bite of smoked salmon’
opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, opening night, premiere, first night, first showing
private view, vernissage
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.