Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Divination using a cock, typically by interpreting patterns in its pecking at grains of corn.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Phillips (b. 1630), writer and biographer. From post-classical Latin alectryomantia from ancient Greek ἀλεκτρυών cock + post-classical Latin -mantia.
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.