‘Crap hat’ is a derogatory term for the standard (originally khaki, now dark blue) beret worn by regular soldiers in the British Army, in contrast to those worn in the special regiments (typically red or green). The term is also used by […]
Verifiable evidence has been provided from 1986.
In the United Kingdom, after a bar or pub’s doors are closed at the official or legal closing time, customers already inside are sometimes allowed to stay and continue […]
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The ‘parmo’ is a food associated particularly with the area of Teesside, in north-east England. It consists of a fillet of breaded chicken, pork, or other meat that is fried and covered with béchamel sauce and […]
Ammon Shea provided verifiable evidence from 1903; Nicholas Molyneux provided evidence of a related word from 1844.
The adjective ‘legless’ is used a slang term to describe someone who is extremely drunk, particularly someone who can no longer stand or walk. The earliest example we can find of […]
Hugooooo provided a verifiable example from 1968.
People have been described as being ‘well in’ (on good or close terms) with another person or group since 1781. But a more recent development, at least in British and Irish colloquial use, is being tracked by the OED, specifically […]
FLOTUS (an acronym for ‘First Lady of the United States’), is a slang or jargon term for the wife of an American president, on the model of POTUS (President of the United States) and SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States). The latter terms […]
OED editors are revising the word dialler n. and have researched a previously unrecorded sense, ‘a maker of, or expert in, sundials’, for potential inclusion. In attempting to find the earliest evidence for this sense, we encountered a mystery. Alice Morse Earle’s 1902 book Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday includes, as an epigraph to Chapter […]