Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A pair of consecutive written units such as letters, syllables, or words:‘the method of encipherment required the message to be written in bigrams’
- ‘The bigram "and yet" at the end of sentence, written without continuation dots, is much rarer than would be predicted given its overall frequency and the frequency of sentence-ends.’
- ‘We now give an example of a cipher that operates on bigrams but uses only comparatively few of all possible keys.’
- ‘However, I suspect that a scan for bigrams with quantitatively similar properties would turn up lots of unremarkable examples.’
- ‘Observation #3: "nowhere to" is a really common bigram.’
- ‘They can "rule out" certain permutations because the initial letter, bigram, or trigram is unlikely to begin an English word.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.