Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From Middle French astrologien, astrologyen (French (now hist.) astrologien; the usual modern French word is astrologue) astrologer, also astronomer from astrologie + -ien. In later use remodelled after words in -ian.
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.