Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Gaule (1603/4–1687), Church of England clergyman and author. Originally either from adox + -al or from classical Latin adoxus or its etymon ancient Greek ἄδοξος + -al, after orthodoxal, paradoxal, etc. In later use from French adoxal, apparently directly from ancient Greek ἄδοξος + French -al, after paradoxal.
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.