Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A native or inhabitant of Malta or a person of Maltese descent.
- ‘The Maltese are reportedly quaking in their boots.’
- ‘The years between the two world wars were marked by spasmodic European immigration, especially of Italians, Greeks, Croatians, Maltese, and Jews.’
- ‘According to tradition the national colors were given to the Maltese by Count Roger in 1090.’
- ‘Saint Paul is a powerful national symbol, as he is credited with converting the Maltese to Christianity.’
- ‘Moreover, this knot is one which few besides sailors can tie, and is peculiar to the Maltese.’
2mass noun The national language of Malta, a Semitic language related to Arabic but much influenced by Italian, Spanish, and Norman French.
- ‘How many people, for example, can translate from Latvian into Maltese?’
- ‘More people know Irish than Maltese, Latvian or Estonian, the protestors claimed.’
- ‘‘We have to find for example somebody who offers registration in Maltese,’ says Howard.’
- ‘In the case of Britain, they also attempt to obtain information on more recently arrived languages such as Gujarati, Punjabi, Maltese, and Turkish.’
- ‘The two official languages are Maltese (a language with similarities to Arabic) and English.’
Relating to Malta, its people, or their language.
- ‘Like its people and history, the Maltese language is varied.’
- ‘Malta is predominantly Roman Catholic so the Maltese people love to celebrate weddings.’
- ‘The last case of a similar nature involved Maltese twins, who were separated surgically in Britain.’
- ‘This is still the largest Maltese community outside of Malta.’
- ‘As part of these celebrations, a very well known Maltese architect will deliver the Weekend's keynote address.’
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.