Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A notional marker in the outback imagined as being the last outpost of civilization:‘the true stories of those who go out past the black stump only to never return’
- ‘Qantas today assured the Gold Coast it will be flying into Tullamarine and not via the black stump at Avalon.’
- ‘The town seems like the last frontier with its black stump, wide streets, corrugated iron houses and Burke River.’
- ‘This is black stump territory.’
- ‘This is backblocks Taranaki, out in the ‘never never’, ‘past the black stump’: a rough and rugged land that has beaten most settlers who dared attempt to scrape a living from the landscape.’
- ‘We went to the small township of Milestone, about 250 miles west of Burketown in the Northern Territory — real "black stump" country.’
Early 20th century: black in the sense ‘fire-blackened’.
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.