Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the peasants were driving their cows to market’
agricultural worker, small farmer, rustic, son of the soil, countryman, countrywoman, farmhand, swain, villein, serf
archaic carl, cottier, kern, hind
2‘he refused to sit with people he called peasants’
lout, boor, oaf, clown, churl, yokel, bumpkin, country bumpkin, village idiot, provincial, barbarian
Irish culchie, bosthoon, bogman
informal clod, clodhopper, yahoo
North American informal hayseed, hick, rube, hillbilly
Australian informal ocker
NZ Australian informal hoon
Australian derogatory, informal bevan, booner
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.