Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Out of tune; unharmonious, dissonant.
2Incongruous, absurd; unreasonable.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Martin Fotherby (c1560–1620), bishop of Salisbury. From classical Latin absonus of unpleasant sound, harsh, discordant, unpleasing in effect, in bad taste, inconsistent + -ous.
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.