Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Grotesque or absurd ornamentation, carving, or pictures; an example of this.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. Originally perhaps a variant (with loss of medial -n-) of baboonery. In later use probably originally a variant of the some forms with reduction of the second syllable, probably reinforced by reanalysis as showing babe or baby + -ery.
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.