Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Divination by means of meal, flour, cakes, or bread, especially when made from barley.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Gaule (1603/4–1687), Church of England clergyman and author. From French † alphitomantie from post-classical Latin alphitomantia from Hellenistic Greek ἀλϕιτόμαντις diviner by barley-meal + post-classical Latin -ia; compare -mancy.
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.