Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A South American plant with showy lily-like flowers, cultivated as an ornamental.
- ‘Although I'll bet Dominic didn't choose the alstroemeria on its meaning, it's definitely similar to his life and personality.’
- ‘Another flower, alstroemeria, responds to having its stubble burned.’
- ‘In the perennial gardens, the use of colorful and fragrant plants, including gladiolus, iris, tuberose and alstroemeria, is abundant.’
- ‘White and speckled alstroemeria flowers and tapered reed stems combine with cat's eye marbles in a glass vase.’
- ‘Some of the best and most widely adapted annual cut flowers with the longest vase life include alstroemeria, aster, cosmos, snapdragon, sunflower, yarrow, and zinnia.’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, named after Klas von Alstroemer (1736–96), Swedish naturalist.
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.