Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A hard, fine-grained rock, rich in albite, resulting from contact metamorphism of shales, slates, etc.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Shepard (1804–1886). From French adinole from ancient Greek ἁδινός crowded, abundant + an element of uncertain origin (perhaps French -ole, although the semantic motivation is unclear).
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.