Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A kind of (inferior, typically unbleached) cotton cloth, originally as exported by American traders to East Africa.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society. From Swahili amerikani, (regional) amerikano, variants of merikani Merikani. Compare earlier Merikani.
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.