Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin believed to lure little children to the land of death.
- ‘Erlkings often exercise a fatal influence, especially on children by means of alluring promises or visions that led to destruction.’
- ‘Who is the shadowy Erlking?’
Late 18th century: from German Erlkönig ‘alder-king’, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge ‘king of the elves’.
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.