Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An acidic substance, later identified with homogentisic acid, which is excreted by people with alkaptonuria and causes their urine, left standing, to turn dark through oxidation.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edmund Parkes (1819–1876), physician and hygienist. From German Alkapton, † Alcapton from al- (in Alkali) + ancient Greek κάπτον, neuter present participle of κάπτειν to swallow greedily; see quot. 1860 for the semantic motivation of the name.
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.