Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Beaumont (1616–1699), poet and college head. From French astrologique or its etymon post-classical Latin astrologicus from ancient Greek ἀστρολογικός of or for astronomy from ἀστρολόγος + -ικός. Compare Spanish astrológico, Portuguese astrológico, Italian astrologico, and also German astrologisch.
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.