Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The port side of a ship.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. Originally from Middle French babord, (rare) babort from Middle Dutch bakboord. In later use perhaps reborrowed from French bâbord.
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.