Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A precious stone with magical properties, supposedly found in the gizzards of cockerels; = "cock-stone". Compare gizzard stone.Related gizzard stone
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin alectoria precious stone said to be found in the gizzards of cocks (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek ἀλεκτορεία, use as noun (short for ἀλεκτορεὶα λίθος alectory stone) of feminine of ἀλεκτόρειος of a fowl from ancient Greek ἀλέκτωρ cock, lit. ‘defender’ + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives; compare -y.
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.