Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The gradual loss of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word (e.g. of e from esquire to form squire).
leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absenceView synonyms
- ‘Would UK speakers think this a neologism, an example of aphesis and/or a local eccentricity?’
- ‘In the French language, texters also use aphesis, ‘zic’ for ‘musique’, or abbreviation, ‘poss’ for ‘possible’.’
- ‘That word was created from it later by losing its first syllable through a process called aphesis and had the same sense.’
Late 19th century: from Greek, literally ‘letting go’, from apo ‘from’ + hienai ‘let go, send’.
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.