Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A notional mirror for gathering or collecting sunlight.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Parsons (1546–1610), Jesuit. Probably from Middle French alchemusi, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic (although no likely Arabic etymon has been identified), or perhaps a fanciful extension of alchemie.
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.