Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Originally: an anole (lizard). Later also (in form "Anolis"): a genus of lizards that comprises the anoles (family Polychrotidae or Iguanidae).
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Phillips's New World of Words. From French anolis, reinterpretation of the plural form anolis as a Latinate singular. In later use after scientific Latin Anolis, genus name (1802; earlier in post-classical Latin as anolis, apparently ablative plural; from French).
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.