Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the provincial government’
regional, state, territorial, district, local
sectoral, zonal, cantonal, county, parochial
2‘both the London and provincial press’
non-metropolitan, small-town, non-urban, outlying, rural, country, rustic, backwoods, backwater
North American informal hick, freshwater
national, metropolitan, cosmopolitan
3‘pompous bankers and their dull, provincial wives’
unsophisticated, narrow-minded, parochial, small-town, suburban, insular, parish-pump, inward-looking, limited, restricted, localist, conservative, narrow
small-minded, petty, blinkered, illiberal, inflexible, bigoted, prejudiced, intolerant
North American informal jerkwater, corn-fed
1‘those who did not know what it took were dismissed as provincials’
bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, yokel, village idiot, peasant, churl, lout, boor, oaf, clown, barbarian, yahoo
Irish derogatory culchie, bogman
informal clod, clodhopper
British informal yob, yobbo, plonker
North American informal schlub, hayseed, hick, rube, hillbilly
Australian informal ocker
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