Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A pole painted with spiralling red and white stripes and hung outside barbers' shops as a business sign.
- ‘A white rainbow now forms over him just as he is shot, spun like a barber's pole of whirlwind into a shop's window; just lying there in a bed of pork chops, sausages and veal hearts.’
- ‘To prove it, she will soon erect the crowning glory to her Stanway cut and style shop for men - a barber's pole outside.’
- ‘These attractive and memorable signs are, apart from the barber's pole, the only ancient shop signs to have survived into our transient age of plastic.’
- ‘Barbers and surgeons went their separate ways in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but the red stripe down the barber's pole still commemorates this annual blood-letting ritual.’
- ‘The shop is now boarded up and the barber's pole has been removed.’
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.