Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
More fully "almug tree". A tree mentioned in the Bible (2 Chron. 2:8, 1 Kings 10:11), said to have been brought as timber from Ophir and used for building and making musical instruments.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The Byble in Englyshe. From Hebrew ălmūg, also (with metathesis, perhaps as scribal error) ălgūm, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Akkadian elammakku, denoting an unidentified tree yielding precious wood; perhaps compare Ugaritic 'lmg, denoting an unidentified tree.
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.