Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The language of the Anglo-Saxons (up to about 1150), an inflected language with a Germanic vocabulary, very different from modern English.Also called Anglo-Saxon
- ‘Diligently, he traces each letter from the ancient Semitic and Phoenician alphabets through Old English and Norman French, exploring shapes and pronunciation.’
- ‘From the late 8th century on, the Vikings forced entry, occupied the land, and introduced Old Norse words into Old English.’
- ‘In England laws had been written in Old English as early as the seventh century, and Bede had embarked on translating parts of the Bible in the eighth.’
- ‘The word derives from Old English gliv or glo, meaning ‘music’.’
- ‘The solution to this riddle is ‘sacred scriptures’, sacra scriptura, or in Old English halige gewritu.’
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.