Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘all reptiles have scales covering the skin’
technical lamella, lamina, squama, scute, scutum
2‘the disease causes scales on the skin’
3‘scale is bad enough in kettles, but can have a disastrous effect on the insides of boilers’
deposit, encrustation, coating
1‘the Celsius scale of temperature’
calibrated system, calibration, graduated system, system of measurement, measuring system, register
2‘two men at opposite ends of the social scale’
hierarchy, ladder, ranking, pecking order, order, spectrum, progression, succession, sequence, series
3‘the number of points needed to represent the line will depend on the scale of the map’
ratio, proportion, relative size
4‘no one foresaw the scale of the disaster’
extent, size, scope, magnitude, dimensions, range, breadth, compass, degree, reach, spread, sweep
1‘thieves scaled an 8ft high fence’
climb, ascend, go up, go over, clamber up, scramble up, mount
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