Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] An insoluble gelatinous carbohydrate found (chiefly as salts) in many brown seaweeds. The sodium salt is used as a thickener in foods and many other materials.
- ‘Their main component, alginic acid, is converted into calcium salts (which are water-insoluble) and sodium salts (which are water-soluble).’
- ‘Consider how slowly gelatin evaporates and you get a feel for how alginic acid works.’
- ‘Food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries use three common types of hydrocolloid extensively when thickening or gelling properties are required: carrageenan and agar from red seaweeds and alginic acid from brown seaweeds.’
- ‘Under similar conditions the polysaccharides with carboxyl groups, such as alginic acid and polygalacturonic acid, also photodecomposed.’
- ‘One study, featured in a 1986 supplemental issue office Journal of Hypertension, indicated alginic acid, a compound found in seaweed fiber, probably had something to do with the heart-healthy effects.’
Late 19th century: alginic from alga + -in + -ic.
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.