Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The mineral alum.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From classical Latin alūmen alum, of uncertain origin; perhaps from the same Indo-European base as Byzantine Greek ἀλύδοιμος bitter; the ending represents classical Latin -men; compare bitūmen.
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.