Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Chiefly in Spain and Spanish-speaking regions: a porous earthenware vessel used for cooling water by evaporation from its outer surface.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Townsend (1739–1816), geologist and writer. From Spanish alcarraza from Arabic al-karrāz from al the + karrāz jug with a narrow neck.
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.