Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The prevailing or ruling planet in a horoscope.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Lupton (fl. 1572–1584), political and religious controversialist. From post-classical Latin almuten, apparently ultimately from Arabic al-muʿtazz (from al the + muʿtazz powerful, proud, passive participle of ʿazza to be powerful), with unexplained alteration of the ending; compare similarly Spanish † almuten.
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.