Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(A) The plant bistort, Persicaria bistorta; also called snakeweed; compare adder's grass.
Old English; earliest use found in Pseudo-Apuleius' Herbarium. Cognate with or formed similarly to Old Saxon nādarwort dragon arum (Middle Low German nāderwort, adderwort bistort, wild arum), Old High German nātarwurz dragon arum (German Natterwurz bistort, dragon arum; also Old High German nātarūnwurz from the Germanic base of adder + the Germanic base of wort.
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.