Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The bleak, Alburnus alburnus, a cyprinid fish.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Ash (1724–1779), lexicographer and grammarian. From French ablette the bleak from able denoting various cyprinid fishes (1393; from post-classical Latin abula, alteration (with dissimilation of l) of classical Latin albula small fish from albus white + -ula; compare Italian regional (Marche) avola) + -ette.
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.