Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of a year) having the extra day (29 February) of a leap year.‘in a bissextile year, any fixed festival after February leaps forward’‘the year 1904 was bissextile’
Late Middle English: from Latin bisextilis (annus) or bissextilis (annus) ‘the year of the bissextus’, from bissextus (from bis ‘twice’ + sextus ‘sixth’), the name given to the extra day inserted every fourth year by the Julian calendar, which was originally obtained by counting 24 February (the sixth day before the beginning of March) twice.
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.