Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(A) In the terminology of J. C. Prichard: designating the peoples of Asia and Europe whose languages belong neither to the Indo-European nor the Semitic groups, and were supposed to have been the original inhabitants of these regions; belonging to or characteristic of these peoples or their languages. Later also: relating to or designating all the languages of Eurasia, or of the world, outside the Indo-European and Semitic families. Now historical. (b) More generally: ethnically or linguistically unrelated.Related allophyle
A member of an Allophylian race or people. Now historical and rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Prichard (1786–1848), physician and ethnologist. From post-classical Latin allophylus + -ian.
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.