Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An iron bar with sliding shackles, formerly used for confining a prisoner's ankles.
shackles, manacles, handcuffs, irons, leg irons, chains, bondsView synonyms
- ‘The bilboes are still shown in the Tower of London, among the other spoils of the Spanish Armada.’
- ‘Stocks (also known as ‘bilboes’) were a commonplace feature of plantation discipline, but were used only once by the St. Andrew slave court.’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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.