Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A greyish-white mineral containing antimony and arsenic, later regarded as identical with or containing stibarsen.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From scientific Latin Allemontites (J. Fröbel 1837, or earlier) from Allemont, variant of Allemond, the name of a village in the Dauphiné, France (department of Isère), near which the substance naturally occurs + -ites.
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.