Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A smokeless explosive (propellant) invented by Alfred Nobel in 1887, consisting of nitroglycerine and soluble nitrocellulose in roughly equal proportions, stabilized with camphor or (later) diphenylamine.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. From ballist- + -ite, after French balistite or its apparent etymon Italian balistite (although this is first attested slightly later: 1892).
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.