Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The fourth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from 21 December to 19 January.
- ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
- ‘It was to be approved by plebiscite, and for the revolutionary month of Nivôse (21 December 1799-20 January 1800) registers were open in every commune for citizens to record their approval or opposition.’
- ‘Today is Quartidi, the 4th of Nivose, Year 211.’
French Nivôse, from Latin nivosus ‘snowy’, from nix, niv- ‘snow’.
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.