Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- another term for elephant bird
- ‘I wonder how long it is since these Æpyornises really lived.’
- ‘Aepyornis reached weights in excess of 400 kg and laid the largest eggs the world has ever seen.’
- ‘While Aepyornis was by no means as large and terrible as the Roc, it WAS the largest bird that ever lived.’
- ‘This tells us that aepyornis was definitely not a distance runner like the slender-legged ostrich.’
- ‘H.G. Wells wrote a disturbing short story called 'Aepyornis Island' in 1894.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek aipus ‘high’ + ornis ‘bird’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.