Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1historical In the First World War (1914–18) and the Second World War (1939–45): a conscientious objector willing to carry out compulsory service as a non-combatant. Compare "absolutist". Now historical.
2A person who practises or pursues an alternative approach or lifestyle.
Early 20th century. Partly from alternative + -ist, and partly from alternative + -ist.
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.