Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Cant Originally cant. The precinct of Whitefriars in London, where debtors and criminals were immune from arrest. Now historical.
2Allusively Allusively. A sanctuary for criminals; a lawless place.
Late 17th century. From Alsatia, † Alsacia (German Elsass, French Alsace), former name in English of an area of Europe bordering Germany and Switzerland and now forming part of France from post-classical Latin Alsatia, a borrowing of the German name for the region, itself of uncertain origin.
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.