Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a jam tart’
pastry, flan, tartlet, quiche, strudel
pie, patty, pasty
1‘she was a tart I had picked up on a street corner’
1‘she came back to tart herself up for the evening’
dress oneself up, make oneself up, smarten oneself up, preen oneself, beautify oneself, groom oneself
doll oneself up, titivate oneself
2‘we must tart this place up a bit’
decorate, renovate, refurbish, redecorate, retouch, modernize
do up, do over, fix up, give something a facelift
1‘cook a few tart apples’
sour, sharp, sharp-tasting, tangy, bitter, acid, acidic, zesty, piquant, pungent, strong, harsh, unsweetened, vinegary, lemony, citrus, burning, acrid, acetic
rare acidulous, acetous
2‘she regretted her rather tart reply’
acerbic, sharp, biting, cutting, keen, stinging, mordant, astringent, caustic, trenchant, incisive, pointed, piercing, bitter, barbed, scathing, sarcastic, sardonic, acrimonious, nasty, rude, vicious, spiteful, venomous, wounding
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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