Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Middle French abscision (French abscision, (now usually) abscission) act of cutting something off or away and its etymon classical Latin abscīsiōn-, abscīsiō omission of the last letter or syllable of a word, rhetorical device in which the speaker comes to a sudden halt, loss of voice, in post-classical Latin also act of cutting off (Vetus Latina), castration, excommunication from abscīs-, past participial stem of abscīdere + -iō.
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.