Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1The timber of the West Indian tree Guarea glabra (sometimes called G. guidonia; family Meliaceae), which has a musky smell supposedly resembling that of an alligator.
2The fine-grained timber of the tree Liquidambar styraciflua (family Altingiaceae) of North and Central America, used in construction and for making furniture.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Hans Sloane (1660–1753), physician and collector.
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.