Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Albert Richard Smith (1816–1860), author, public lecturer, and mountaineer. From classical Latin abstrūs-, past participial stem of abstrūdere abstrude + -ive. Compare post-classical Latin abstrusivus fenced round, fortified.
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.