Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A Persian silver coin (originally weighing approx. 9.33 grams) equivalent in value to two mahmudi or 200 dinars, first issued by the Safavid Shah Abbas I (reigned 1587–1629) and continuing in use until the 19th cent.; a money of account derived from this.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Foster (b. 1591), Church of England clergyman and writer. From Persian ‘abbāsī from ‘Abbas, the name of Shah Abbas I (reigned 1587–1629) + -ī.
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.