Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Especially in the Maritime Provinces of Canada: a sluice gate in a dyke, which allows water draining from the land to flow out but does not allow sea water to enter.
Early 19th century. From Canadian French aboteau, aboiteau, apparently ultimately from Middle French bot elevated bank of a canal, dyke + -eau, suffix, probably via a French regional (western) intermediary.
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.