Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A whitish, chalky loam characteristic of the sherry-producing region around the city of Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Henderson (1783–1835), portrait painter. From Spanish albariza, use as noun of albariza, feminine of albarizo (adjective) whitish (from albar white + -iza (from -īcea: see -itious)), probably (despite the chronology) short for tierra albariza whitish soil or land; compare Spanish albarizo (masculine) in the same sense, probably short for terreno albarizo (both 1807 or earlier).
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.