Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he broke the slices of bread into pieces and scattered them over the lake’
throw, strew, toss, fling
sprinkle, spread, distribute, sow, broadcast, intersperse, disseminate
shower, spatter, spray
2‘the police fired over their heads and the crowd scattered’
disperse, break up, disband, separate, go in different directions, move in different directions, go separate ways
dissipate, disintegrate, dissolve
drive, send, put to flight, chase
assemble, converge, congregate
3‘the sky above them was scattered with stars’
fleck, stud, dot, cover, sprinkle, stipple, spot, pepper
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.