Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
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Susie Dent: What made the Crocodile Cry?
Why do we ‘bury the hatchet’? Why does something ‘cut the mustard’? Where did the question mark come from? Susie Dent answers 101 of the most intriguing questions about the English language, from word origins and spelling to grammar and usage. Find out these answers and many more in this fascinating compendium. If this piqued your interest why not take a look at some fascinating extracts from the book.
How did the orangutan get its name? What about the aardvark or the squirrel? We delve into the jungle of animal etymologies.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.