Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A mild form of smallpox with a low mortality rate, caused by a variola virus of reduced virulence.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From Brazilian Portuguese alastrim from alastrar to spread, disseminate, to sprinkle, to cover or steady with ballast (14th cent.; from a-, prefix + lastro ballast) + -im, suffix.
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.