Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘from below came the rattling of pots in the kitchen’
cooking utensil, container, receptacle, vessel
pan, saucepan, casserole, stewpot, stockpot, skillet, dixie, chafing dish, cauldron, crucible, crock, basin, bowl
South African potjie
Indian lota, surahi
archaic pipkin, cruse, pottle, Dutch oven, gallipot
2‘glazed earthenware pots filled with geraniums and petunias’
flowerpot, planter, jardinière
3‘Jim raked in half the pot’
bank, kitty, pool, purse, stakes, ante, jackpot
4‘a man with a florid face and a big pot’
‘the foundry was allowed to go to pot in the seventies’
deteriorate, decline, degenerate, go to ruin, go to rack and ruin, go downhill, go to seed, decay, fall into disrepair, become dilapidated, run down, rot, slide
go to the dogs, go down the tubes, hit the skids
go to the pack
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.