Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
In Welsh mythology: an aquatic monster.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Twyne (1543–1613), physician. From Welsh afanc, † afangc (also † addanc) aquatic monster, beaver from the same Celtic base (with a velar suffix) as Welsh afon, Middle Breton, Breton aven, Early Irish ab ( n -stem), all in sense ‘river’ from the same Indo-European base as classical Latin amnis river.
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.