Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
In full "one, two, three, (and) alairy": a children's ball game.
Early 20th century. From alairy, an expression with many variants and uncertain sense and origin, forming part of the refrain of the rhyme traditionally sung or chanted (in various versions) while playing this game. It has been argued that this expression is related to aliry, with allusion to the movement of leg over the ball that usually accompanies the utterance of this word in many versions of the ball game, although this explanation is not straightforward in terms of chronology or semantics and confirmatory evidence is lacking.
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.