Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] Durable polyethylene sheeting, used in various building applications and in the manufacture of waterproof household articles.
- ‘Farmers and contractors are well acquainted with brand names such as Silotite (bale wrapping), Red Setter and Visqueen (silage covers).’
- ‘The Second Defendant had not protected the roof against rainfall save to lay Visqueen over the surface of the roof secured by timber fillets.’
1940s: from Visking, with humorous alteration of -king to -queen.
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.