Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The astringent seed of an areca palm ("Areca catechu" ), which is often chewed with betel leaves.Also called betel nut
- ‘I gave them each a coin with a ripe areca nut placed in a betel leaf.’
- ‘The high-risk in the Indian subcontinent is related to the high prevalence of pan-tobacco (a combination of betel leaf, lime, areca nut and sun cured tobacco) chewing in the population.’
- ‘People in the more accessible Central Mekeo rapidly found themselves in the enviable position of being the sole providers of large quantities of high quality betel pepper and areca nut.’
- ‘The nut, which may also be called areca nut, contains a stimulating alkaloid and tannins which give it a pleasantly astringent taste.’
- ‘Betel leaves, areca nuts, and fruits are distributed to wedding guests and observers.’
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.