Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Originally: †(J. Lindleys's name for) a plant of the former family Alismaceae (now Alismataceae), comprising various aquatic and marshland monocotyledonous plants (obsolete). In later use (more widely): any plant of the order Alismatales.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From alisma + -ad.
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.