Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Washington (1732–1799), revolutionary army officer and president of the United States of America. Probably from allineate (although this is first attested slightly later) + -ion: see -ation.
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.