Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the actor's attempt to plumb the twisted psyche of Richard III’
explore, probe, delve into, search, examine, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, sound out, go into, understand, fathom, get to the bottom of, penetrate, unravel
1‘the bullets went plumb through the middle of the screen’
right, exactly, precisely, directly, dead, straight, without interruption
informal bang, slap, slap bang, smack
2‘they must both be plumb crazy’
utterly, absolutely, completely, downright, totally, entirely, wholly, quite, altogether, thoroughly, stark
3‘the bell hangs plumb within the tower of the church’
vertically, perpendicularly, straight up, straight up and down
1‘the bird's flight ends with a plumb drop’
vertical, perpendicular, straight
1‘he had plumbed in a washing machine’
install, put in, fit, put in place, set in place
‘she had plumbed the depths of depravity’
find, reach the lowest possible level, reach the lowest point, get down to the bottom, reach the nadir, experience the worst extremes, reach rock bottom
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.