Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The tendency to accept as true types of information such as character assessments or horoscopes, even when the information is so vague as to be worthless.
- ‘Behavioural genetics is such smashing science, it does not need to use anything that could look like a Barnum effect.’
- ‘The technique appears to have parallels to the Barnum effect used by some mediums, clairvoyants, and tarot card readers.’
- ‘It also cuts out the ‘Barnum effect’ of performers fishing for information.’
- ‘Much of the seeming ‘accuracy ‘of such checklists could stem from ‘P.T. Barnum effects ‘.’
- ‘CSICOP's Joe Nickell appeared on the show to discuss techniques of cold reading and the Barnum effect.’
Named after P. T. Barnum (see Barnum, P. T); the word Barnum was in use from the mid 19th century as a noun in the sense ‘nonsense, humbug’.
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.