Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
In Spain and former Spanish dominions: a duty on the sale of goods, levied as a percentage of the pre-tax sale price; a sales tax.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Allen (1532–1594), cardinal. From Spanish alcabala from Arabic al-qabāla from al the + qabāla tax, duty from qabala to receive (something), to lease (land).
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.