Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Mycology. Of parasitic fungi (especially rusts and smuts): inhabiting the same host throughout their life.
Botany. Of a bryophyte or its inflorescence: having both male and female sexual organs (antheridia and archegonia), but on separate shoots; also called autoicous.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Vines (1849–1934), botanist. From auto- + -oecious, in sense 1 after German autoecisch.
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.