Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
W. Whewell's suggested name for: the earliest epoch of the Tertiary period, the Palaeocene.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Whewell (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science. From a- + -cene.
Any of the series of compounds with a molecule consisting of a line of fused benzene rings.
1940s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From -acene, after German Acen.
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.