Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A cap, a hood, especially a nightcap (now historical and rare).
Early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French beguin (French béguin) child's cap or coif, type of headgear, originally with allusion to the distinctive type of coif fastened beneath the chin worn by the Beguines, transferred use of beguin, masculine form corresponding to beguine.
More fully coffee biggin. A type of coffee pot containing a strainer, through which coffee infuses without mixing with the water.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Caledonian Mercury. Apparently from the name of George Biggin (d. 1803), its inventor.
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.