Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A serum protein with bactericidal properties; specifically = "complement".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From German Alexin from ancient Greek ἀλέξειν to ward off (from the same Indo-European base as Sanskrit rakṣ- to protect) + German -in.
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.