Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of an affix or derived word) reinforcing the idea of the original word, especially by meaning ‘a large one of its kind’, as with the Italian suffix -one in borrone ‘ravine’, compared with borro ‘ditch’.
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘having a tendency to increase’): from Old French augmentatif, -ive or medieval Latin augmentativus, from the verb augmentare (see augment).
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.