Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A soft black pigment; ivory black, bone black.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Weale (1791–1862), publisher and writer on architecture. Apparently from French abaisser (in painting) to tone down the intensity of a colour by using black alongside, specific use of abaisser to reduce in intensity.
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.