Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Galena (lead ore) used as the basis of a green pottery glaze, especially in Spain and France; potter's ore.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Rolt (d. 1770), historian and writer. From French alquifoux from Spanish alquifol, variant of alcohol galena, lead sulphide.
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.