Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A watch with a mechanism that can be adjusted to sound an alarm at a particular time set in advance; compare earlier "larum watch".
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Boyle (1627–1691), natural philosopher.
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.