Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A nocturnal badger-sized burrowing mammal of Africa, with long ears, a tubular snout, and a long extensible tongue, feeding on ants and termites.Also called antbear
- ‘They also sometimes roost in the burrows of other mammals such as hedgehogs, porcupines, and aardvarks.’
- ‘All the animals had gathered there - giraffes, hippos, antelope, buffalo, warthogs, zebras, aardvarks, hyenas, mongooses, storks and weaver birds.’
- ‘Local school children have been involved in making masks for the 50 animals, from aardvarks to zebras.’
- ‘If the soil is too hard, aardvarks will move to areas where the digging is easier.’
- ‘Aardvarks can travel as far as 16 km a night, visiting termite mounds.’
- ‘David's light caught the long-eared hump-backed shape of an aardvark, lumbering ahead of us at a steady trot.’
- ‘Also, the aardvark is reported to eat wild cucumbers in addition to ants and termites.’
- ‘An aardvark's tear membrane protects its eyes against termite bites.’
- ‘I'm off now to look up Dallas Zoo on the internet, and find out if they have aardvarks.’
- ‘Like a little aardvark discovering a termite mound, her tiny nose twitched ecstatically.’
Late 18th century: from South African Dutch, from aarde ‘earth’ + vark ‘pig’.
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.