Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A succulent mat-forming plant with bright yellow or lilac daisy-like flowers and edible fruit. It is native to South Africa and frequently naturalized on coastal cliffs in Europe.
- ‘The owner believed that the Hottentot fig was protecting the cliff from erosion and was not prepared to allow access by contractors.’
- ‘The Hottentot fig, from South Africa, is spreading across sites of special scientific interest, putting native plants at risk.’
- ‘There are two species of Hottentot figs that have naturalized in Europe.’
- ‘Ice plants are also known as Hottentot figs, which amuses me greatly for no particular reason.’
- ‘In the past few years we've grown Hottentot figs along the road.’
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.