Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A sweet red wine made from a variety of grape grown chiefly in southern Italy.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America. From Italian aleatico, further etymology uncertain and disputed. Most authorities accept a derivation from Italian regional (Emilia-Romagna) aliädga, lit. ‘(grape) growing in July’, regional variant of lugliatico (of a grape) that ripens in July from luglio + -atico, but this presents phonological problems.
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.