Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] The birds of a particular region, habitat, or geological period:‘I am not familiar with the highland avifauna’
- ‘Besides a Downy Woodpecker here and a Tufted Titmouse there, avifauna was all but absent.’
- ‘In describing warblers, as I do so lovingly, one can draw upon words like avifauna, avians, birds, songbirds, beautiful birds, and, of course, warblers.’
- ‘There is a useful and concise introduction to the area, its bird habitats and avifauna, and a list of abbreviations and symbols used in the text.’
- ‘In taxonomic composition, the Amboseli avifauna is dominated by ostriches.’
- ‘Obviously intelligent and resourceful, Jonathan (rank unknown) is taking full advantage of his deployment to add all kinds of exciting Arabian avifauna to his life list.’
Late 19th century: from Latin avis bird + fauna.
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.