Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘heat the olive oil in a heavy pan’
saucepan, frying pan, pot, casserole, wok, skillet, bain-marie, fish kettle, pressure cooker, poacher, chafing dish
container, cooking utensil
2‘the evaporation of sea water in salt pans’
hollow, pit, basin, depression, dip, indentation, crater, cavity, concavity
1‘the movie was panned by the critics’
criticize, censure, attack, lambaste, condemn, find fault with, give a bad press to, flay, savage, shoot down, bring under fire
knock, take to pieces, pull apart, take apart, crucify, hammer, slam, bash, give something a battering
roast, skewer, maul, throw brickbats at
British slate, rubbish, slag off, monster
North American trash, pummel
NZ Australian bag
praise, commend, applaud
2‘prospectors panned for gold’
sift for, search for, look for
1‘the camera panned to the building’
sweep, track, move, turn, circle
1‘Harold's idea had been a good one even if it hadn't panned out’
succeed, be successful, work, turn out well, work out
do the trick
2‘the deal panned out badly’
turn out, work out, conclude, result, come out, fall out, develop, evolve
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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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.