Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘there is a reluctance to take on new staff’
employees, workers, workforce, personnel, hands, hired hands, labourers, human resources, manpower, labour
office workers, white-collar workers, assistants, secretaries
North American interns
2‘a tall man with a cowboy hat and a walking staff’
stick, walking stick, cane, crook, crutch, prop
3‘the miller's wife strikes her husband over the head with a staff’
club, stick, cudgel, bludgeon, life preserver, shillelagh, baseball bat
North American blackjack
Indian lathi, danda
South African kierie, knobkerrie, sjambok
British informal cosh
4‘a staff of office’
rod, tipstaff, mace, wand, sceptre, crozier, verge
1‘the departments are staffed by professional civil servants’
man, people, crew, work, operate, occupy
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.