Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Alabaster; specifically oriental alabaster (onyx marble), used for artefacts in ancient times.
Late 16th century. From classical Latin alabastrītēs onyx, stalagmite (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek ἀλαβαστρίτης (also ἀλαβαστίτης) calcitic alabaster, use as noun (short for ἀλαβαστρίτης λίθος alabastrite stone) of ἀλαβαστρίτης, adjective from ancient Greek ἀλάβαστρος + -ίτης.
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.