Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A herbaceous Eurasian plant which typically bears small white or yellow flowers. Some kinds are cultivated in gardens.
- ‘We planted blue and white alyssums around her alder trees, and pink begonias around her house and gate.’
- ‘Reserve some space for colorful annuals like zinnia, marigold, calendula, alyssum, and cosmos.’
- ‘The most commonly planted rockery flowers are aubretia and alyssum.’
- ‘The pond is fringed with sweet alyssum, Vinca minor, and woolly thyme.’
- ‘White and purple alyssum, with its honey scent, is a great butterfly flower, and blue lobelia is popular with bees.’
Mid 16th century (used loosely to denote various medicinal herbs): modern Latin, from Latin alysson, from Greek alusson, from a- without + lussa rabies (referring to early herbalist 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.