Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘serve with a piquant sauce and redcurrant jelly’
relish, dressing, condiment, ketchup, flavouring
2‘‘I'll have less of your sauce,’ said Aunt Edie’
impudence, impertinence, cheek, cheekiness, effrontery, irreverence, sauciness, pertness, freshness, flippancy, insolence, rudeness, disrespect, disrespectfulness, familiarity, presumption, presumptuousness, audacity, audaciousness, boldness, brazenness, forwardness, cockiness, shamelessness
mouth, lip, neck, brass neck, nerve, face
North American sassiness, sass, chutzpah, smart mouth, back talk
archaic malapertness, contumely
3‘she's been on the sauce for years’
alcohol, liquor, alcoholic drink, strong drink, intoxicating drink, spirits
booze, the bottle, the hard stuff, mother's milk, hooch
Northern English Irish sup
NZ Australian grog
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.