Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
In parts of south and south-east Asia, especially Siam (now Thailand): a long and richly decorated state barge propelled by oars.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cogan (fl. 1652–1653). Originally from Portuguese balão, † ballaam; in later use partly reborrowed from French balon, † ballon long, oared boat of south-east Asia.
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.