Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A plant community exhibiting alternating dominance with another in a particular area as a result of environmental changes; the area occupied by such a community.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Frederic Edward Clements (1874–1945). Immediate origin uncertain; ultimately related to alternative, altern, etc. Perhaps from French alterne altern, although this appears to be attested neither as a noun nor in specific ecological use.
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.