Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A pair of numbers, each of which is the sum of the factors of the other (e.g. 220 and 284).
- ‘One particular interest involved what we now call amicable numbers.’
- ‘The Pythagoreans were also interested in what we now call amicable numbers - pairs in which each number is the sum of the proper divisors of the other.’
- ‘Today, the tally of known amicable numbers has grown to about two and half million.’
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.