Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1In India: a wrestling ring or pit; a gymnasium or outdoor exercise area.
2historical Also with capital initial. In India: a convent or monastery, especially of ascetics. Also: an order of ascetics or monks; specifically such a group forming a militant or armed regiment (now chiefly historical).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Tod (1782–1835), army and political officer in India. From Hindi akhāṛā place of assembly, wrestling arena, monastery from Sanskrit akṣa-vāṭa dice-ground.
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.