Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The conversion of land to allodial (as opposed to feudal) status.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopedia Americana. From post-classical Latin allodium allodium + -fication, after German (now hist.) Allodifizierung, Allodifikation.
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.