Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The action of catching fire or setting something on fire; the state of being on fire; combustion; ignition; Medicine fermentation producing heat, heating or overheating of the blood or other ‘humour’.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author. From post-classical Latin accension-, accensio action of kindling (Vetus Latina), sexual arousal, illumination of the mind, (in medical context) inflammation from classical Latin accens-, past participial stem of accendere + -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.