Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Each of two or more different physical forms in which an element can exist. Graphite, charcoal, and diamond are all allotropes of carbon.
- ‘A third allotrope occurs as an amorphous brown powder with a density of 2.350 grams per cubic centimeter.’
- ‘Each of these allotropes of phosphorous also has its own subset of forms.’
- ‘Incredibly lightweight carbon nanofoams, essentially a fifth major allotrope of carbon, were discovered several years ago.’
- ‘Two allotropes of the element exist, accounting for the slight variation in densities.’
- ‘Arsenic has two allotropes, yellow arsenic and metallic arsenic, which is brittle.’
Late 19th century: back-formation from allotropy.
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.