Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rare reddish-brown or pink mineral consisting of a basic arsenate of manganese, typically occurring as prisms and as crusts on manganese ores.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From Swedish allaktit from ancient Greek ἀλλακτ-, stem of ἀλλάσσειν to change (ultimately from ἄλλος other; the guttural suffix is unexplained) + Swedish -it. So called because of the property of changing colour in polarized light depending on the orientation of the crystals (pleochroism).
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.