Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘did you have a tolerable journey?’
bearable, endurable, sufferable, supportable, brookable
admissible, manageable, pardonable, excusable, forgivable
2‘he had a tolerable voice’
fairly good, passable, adequate, all right, acceptable, good enough, sufficiently good, sufficient, satisfactory, moderately good, not bad, not too bad, average, fair, decent, respectable, presentable
mediocre, middling, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, workaday, indifferent, unremarkable, undistinguished, unexceptional, amateur, amateurish
informal OK, so-so, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, no great shakes, not up to much, not much cop, bog-standard, vanilla, plain vanilla
NZ informal half-pie
unacceptable, exceptional, appalling
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.