Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The root of the either of two plants of the genus Rubia used to produce the red dye madder, wild madder, R. peregrina, and common madder, R. tinctoria.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in De Re Rustica. From French alizari, commercial name of the madder root from modern Greek αλιζάρι madder, apparently from ριζάρι, in the same sense (from ρίζα root (ancient Greek ῥίζα: see rhizo-) + -αρι, suffix forming diminutives), with prosthetic vowel and dissimilation of consonants, perhaps also influenced by άλικος (adjective) scarlet (from Turkish al (adjective) scarlet, (noun) scarlet colour + modern Greek -ικος).
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.