Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘we received several urgent requests for assistance’
appeal, entreaty, plea, petition, solicitation, supplication, prayer, invocation
demand, call, summons, requisition
rare imploration, adjuration, obtestation, impetration, obsecration
2‘Charlotte insisted, at Ursula's request, on driving him to the station’
bidding, asking, entreaty, pleading, solicitation, petitioning, supplication, begging
3‘please indicate your requests on the booking form’
requirement, wish, want, desire
1‘the government requested foreign military aid’
ask for, appeal for, call for, seek, solicit, plead for, put in a plea for, pray for, petition, sue for, supplicate for
apply for, put in an application for, put in for, place an order for, put in an order for, order
demand, require, requisition
call on, beg, beseech, entreat, implore, importune, adjure
rare obtest, impetrate, obsecrate
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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.