Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Divination by air or by things in the air (as clouds, birds, etc.); the practice of interpreting the weather or other atmospheric phenomena in order to predict the future.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Gower (d. 1408), poet. From Anglo-Norman aermancie and Middle French ayromancie, aerimancie (1380; also as aéromantie, aeromance; French aéromancie) from post-classical Latin aeromantia (636 in Isidore, citing Varro) from aero- + -mantia.
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.