Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1historical The sailors stationed on the quarterdeck and poop of a sailing ship, charged with operating the sails and other equipment aft of the mainmast. Now chiefly historical.
2historical The officers on a ship. Now chiefly historical.
3US Originally US. On a large racing yacht: the crew members responsible for tactics and strategy, usually positioned towards the rear of the boat.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Female Soldier. From after- + guard.
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.