Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘her vision was blurred by tears’
eyesight, sight, power of sight, faculty of sight, ability to see, power of seeing, powers of observation, observation, perception, visual perception
field of vision, view, perspective
2‘he gazes into the fire seeing visions of the ancestral pilgrims’
apparition, spectre, phantom, hallucination, ghost, wraith, shadow, manifestation, chimera, illusion, mirage, image
Scottish Irish bodach
West Indian duppy
literary phantasm, shade, revenant, wight, visitant
rare eidolon, manes
3‘they have visions of a more hopeful future’
dream, daydream, reverie, mental picture, conceptualization
fantasy, fancy, flight of fancy, fanciful notion, pipe dream, delusion, figment of the imagination, prospect
4‘his conference speech was a little lacking in vision’
imagination, creativity, creative power, inventiveness, innovation, inspiration, intuition, perceptiveness, perception, breadth of view, foresight, insight, far-sightedness, prescience, discernment, awareness, penetration, shrewdness, sharpness, cleverness
5‘Melissa was a vision in pale lilac’
beautiful sight, vision of loveliness, feast for the eyes, pleasure to behold, delight, dream, beauty, spectacle, picture, joy, marvel, sensation
informal sight for sore eyes, eyeful, stunner, cracker, smasher, knockout, looker, good-looker, bobby-dazzler, peach, honey
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.