Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The perennial goosefoot, Chenopodium bonus-henricus (family Chenopodiaceae (or Amaranthaceae)), which has edible leaves and shoots and was formerly used as a vegetable and for medicinal purposes; also called Good King Henry, English mercury.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. From all + good, perhaps originally after Dutch algoede, itself probably after either post-classical Latin tota bona or its apparent etymon Middle French, French toute-bonne.
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.