Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A crossbow with a special mechanism for drawing back and releasing the string.
- ‘A crossbow device, larger than an arbalest but smaller than a ballista, was called a scorpion.’
- ‘The only things that were in decent repair were the few arbalest and catapults, mainly maintained, I suspected, for show.’
- ‘Bahzell unloaded the arbalest and released the string with a snap while he waded through the grass.’
- ‘However he saw several light arbalests being set up, aimed at the tower.’
- ‘There was a shout of triumph as the carpenters struggling with the recalcitrant arbalest finally managed to string the bow.’
Old English arblast, from Old French arbaleste, from late Latin arcubalista, from Latin arcus ‘bow’ + ballista (see ballista).
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.