Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Originally Nautical. That is situated or positioned near the stern or rear.
Originally Nautical. Towards or in the direction of the stern of a vessel, rear of an aircraft, etc.
Old English (in an earlier sense). A merging of two distinct words: (i) Old English aeftanweard from aeftan + -ward; and (ii) Old English aefteweard from the Germanic base of Gothic afta + -ward; ultimately representing parallel formations with different suffixation of the same first element; the two words had apparently already merged in sense in Old English. In later use probably partly re-formed from aft + -ward.
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.