Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1The alphabet; especially (in early use) the Roman alphabet as opposed to the Greek; (in later use) an alphabet belonging to an ancient writing system, or an inscription of this.
2In the work of British economist and logician W. S. Jevons: the series of possible combinations of letters in a system for solving logical problems; (also) the mechanical device invented by Jevons for generating and displaying these combinations.
3An alphabetical wordbook or wordlist, usually elementary; especially a primer for teaching the basics of reading and spelling.
Old English; earliest use found in Byrhtferð of Ramsey (fl. c986–c1016), Benedictine monk and scholar. From post-classical Latin abecedarium abecedary; compare -arium.
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.