Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A member of a small religious sect in North Africa, active in the 4th cent., for whom, according to St Augustine, marriage was compulsory but its consummation forbidden, after the supposed example of Abel (no children of whom are mentioned in the Bible).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Rogers (c1553–1616), religious controversialist and Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin Abeloitae, plural from Abel, the name of the brother of Cain, one of the sons of Adam and Eve + -itae, after Abeloim (plural), in same sense, form showing the Hebrew masculine plural ending -īm.
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.