Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
In Ottoman-ruled Greece: a member of an armed militia composed of Greek mercenaries, serving from the 15th cent. until Greek independence in the 1830s as a form of police force.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Bury & Norwich Post. From modern Greek αρματολός, variant of αρματόλογος person who is concerned or involved with weapons (from άρματα, plural (by analogy with neuter nouns in -μα) of άρμα weapon + -λόγος: see -loger)); compare -o-.
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.