Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Physical or mental blindness.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Bullokar (d. 1627), physician and lexicographer. From post-classical Latin ablepsia failure to see or notice something, oversight from Hellenistic Greek ἀβλεψία failure to see from ancient Greek ἀ- + Hellenistic Greek βλέψις sight (from ancient Greek βλέπειν to see, of uncertain origin + -σις) + ancient Greek -ία.
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.