Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Cape Monthly Magazine. From South African Dutch avondbloemetje and Afrikaans aandblommetjie (although this is first attested later: 1884) from Dutch avond evening + bloemetje little flower (Afrikaans blommetjie) from bloem, † bloeme flower + -tje, diminutive suffix, after South African Dutch avondbloem and Afrikaans aandblom.
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.