Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A black or dark grey form of limestone containing bituminous matter or carbon; especially = stinkstone.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Jameson (1774–1854), geologist and natural historian. From German Anthraconit (1809 or earlier; 1806 as Anthrakonit: K. E. von Moll, in Efemeriden der Berg- u. Hüttenkunde 2 305; from ancient Greek ἀνθρακ-, ἄνθραξ charcoal, in Hellenistic Greek also coal + -ωνη female descendant, derivative + German -it), with remodelling of the ending after -ite.
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.