Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- ‘He floats across the stage in his black robes and black headgear, soaking up the applause of the audience, smiling benignantly, doing his little bows, radiating peace and goodwill.’
- ‘She smiled benignantly and continued in a soft, melodious voice: ‘Listen, dear, I am an old woman and I will soon be dying.’’
- ‘And his majesty received them kindly and benignantly, and ordered that they should be treated like his other subjects and vassals.’
- ‘Dr. Johnson smiled benignantly at this, and did not appear to disapprove of the notion.’
- ‘But his visitor smiled benignantly, and thrusting his hands into his pockets as he rose, hummed, ‘Over the water to Charlie.’’
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.