Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A button that operates an electric bell when pushed.
- ‘A preliminary jab at the bell push at the end of the first verse of the first carol had been followed by a more imperious ring and a garbled version of the old Christmas is Coming rhyme.’
- ‘Recent criminal work undertaken by the county court judge before his trial included drunkenly obstructing the police and yanking a bell push from the wall of his cell.’
- ‘He purchased it from the London branch in 1914 for £29, the highest price listed for a bell push in the London sales ledgers.’
- ‘Compensation of £180 must also be paid to North Yorkshire Police for criminal damage to a bell push at Scarborough Police Station.’
- ‘Knockers range from €55 to €155, with doorknobs from €75 - €175 and letterplates and bell pushes from €50.’
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.