Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A kind of steatite used for marking cloth and removing grease and, in powder form, as a dry lubricant.
- ‘Our products mainly consist of calcite powder, French chalk, active coarse whiting and other superfine powder, which are welcomed in the more than 10 provinces and districts markets.’
- ‘Whiting, French chalk, chalk and marble dust are different forms of calcium carbonate.’
- ‘Gessa is made of water mixed with rabbit skin glue, calcium carbonate, gilder's whiting, French chalk and various fine white powders.’
- ‘I had no trouble spotting the French chalk.’
- ‘A variety of substances can be used to make the board sufficiently slippery - French chalk, black lead, beer, paraffin and petrol are all used.’
- ‘Rare laces and old silks may take on a renewed appearance if allowed to stand in French chalk for several days.’
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.