Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Any of various gold coins formerly used in Persia (now Iran) and India, specifically one originally equivalent to the mohur.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Jonas Hanway (bap. 1712, d. 1786), merchant and philanthropist. From Persian 'ašrafī from Arabic 'ašrafī from 'ašraf most noble, elative of šarīf noble, honourable, exalted + -ī, originally with reference to the honorific title al-'Ašraf ‘the Most Noble’ taken by several 15th-cent. Mameluke rulers of Egypt, among them Abu'l-Naṣr Barsbāy, sultan of Egypt 1422–38, who introduced the coin 1426.
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.