Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A heretical group listed by St John of Damascus (On Heresies, 8th cent.) but otherwise unknown, supposed to pray standing rather than kneeling. Usually in plural.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Alexander Ross (1591–1654), Church of England clergyman and writer on philosophy. From post-classical Latin Agonyclita from Byzantine Greek Ἀγονυκλίτης from ancient Greek ἀ- + γόνυ knee + -κλιτος from the stem of κλίνειν to bend + -τος, suffix forming verbal adjectives.
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.