Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A mite or tick; specifically (in later use) a mite of the genus Acarus (family Acaridae). Also (in form Acarus): the genus itself.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Purchas (c1605–1659). From post-classical Latin acarus from ancient Greek ἄκαρι mite from ἀκαρής minute, too short for cutting from ἀ- + καρ-, aorist stem of κείρειν to cut.
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.