Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A genus of small cruciferous herbs, widespread in temperate Eurasia and North America, and found especially in dry, sandy, stony, or saline habitats. Also (also in form arabidopsis): a plant of this genus; (in later use) especially thale cress, Arabidopsis thaliana, which has simple leaves and white flowers, and is used widely in studies of plant genetics.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Arabidopsis (A. P. DE CANDOLLE Regni vegetabilis systema naturale II. 480; adopted as a genus name by G. Heynhold in F. HOLL & G. HEYNHOLD Flora von Sachsen I. 538) from Arabis, genus name + -d- (after Latin nouns in -id-, -is; compare -id) + ancient Greek ὄψις appearance.
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.