Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An instance or utterance of the magical word ‘abraxas’, supposed (especially in Gnosticism) to act as a charm; a gem, amulet, etc., inscribed with this word or other cabbalistic signs.
Early 18th century. From French abraxas and its etymon post-classical Latin Abraxas, name given by the Basilidians to the ruler of the 365 heavens (3rd cent.) from Hellenistic Greek Ἀβράξας, of unknown origin.
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.