Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A ship which is moored or grounded in a channel in order to block it, for purposes of war or to provide shelter.
- ‘There was little choice about the type of ships to use as blockships.’
- ‘Most divers who have been to Scapa Flow will have dived blockships in Burra Sound.’
- ‘Suitably buoyed up by our first dive, the team spent the afternoon exploring one of the famous blockships dotted around the ring of islands that make up Scapa Flow.’
- ‘Nasser had sunk blockships in the canal and it did not reopen until March 1957, under UN control.’
- ‘The Tabarka is a blockship in Burra Sound, lying in around 12m of fiercely tidal water.’
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.