Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Charles Butler (1560–1647), philologist and apiarist. From post-classical Latin abstersorius abstersive from classical Latin absters-, past participial stem of abstergēre + -ōrius.
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.