Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Any of several storksbills of the Eurasian genus Erodium, especiallyE. cicutarium (with bright pink flowers) and E. moschatum (with purple flowers), formerly cultivated as forage plants and now widely naturalized in North America.
Mid 19th century. From Spanish alfilerillo from alfiler pin + -illo (from classical Latin -illus: see -illa), with alteration of the suffix after -illa. In some forms with further alteration of the suffix after -ia, probably by analogy with scientific Latin botanical names ending in -eria and -aria. The plants are so called on account of the shape of their carpels.
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.