Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Any of various instruments used to measure responses to painful stimuli and sensitivity to pain.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John S. Billings (1838–1913). From Italian algometro (C. Lombroso 1867, in Annali universali di medicina 200 114; compare quot. algometry, which is taken from an abstract of this article; from ancient Greek ἄλγος pain + Italian -metro, perhaps after German Algometer), with remodelling of the second element after -meter.
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.