Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An igneous rock with a homogeneous fine- or medium-grained texture consisting predominantly of alkaline feldspar and quartz, typically pale in colour and most commonly found in dykes and veins in association with granite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in J. Beete Jukes (1811–1869), geologist. From ancient Greek ἁπλοῦς (with reference to the simplicity of its composition: see haplo-) + -ite, after German Aplit, itself after either Swedish aplit or post-classical Latin aplites.
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.