Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A grove or plantation of ailanthus trees, especially one intended to provide food for silkworms.
Mid 19th century. From ailanthus + -ery, perhaps after French † ailanterie (although this is apparently first attested slightly later: 1867 or earlier; rare).
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.