Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Originally (more fully "muscular astasia"): a condition characterized by muscle tremors which inhibit movement (now rare). In later use: the inability to stand, especially in an individual who has no demonstrable sensory impairment or motor weakness.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From scientific Latin astasia state or condition marked by feelings of unease or (mental) discomfort and its etymon Hellenistic Greek ἀστασία unsteadiness from ancient Greek ἄστατος never standing still, in Hellenistic Greek also unstable ( ἀ- + στατός standing: see -stat) + -ία.
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.