Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A blue or purple banded variety of fluorite found in Derbyshire.
- ‘The name Blue John very likely was made up by John Kirk and Joseph Hall who worked the mines in the 18th Century.’
- ‘It looks like at some point the slag from the mine was dumped into this hole in small quantities, and as a boy I found many chunks of Blue John down there.’
- ‘Many of our Blue John items can also be made in other stones like Jade, Turquoise or Mother of Pearl.’
- ‘And please note: because of the nature of Blue John we cannot guarantee that the patterning in the stone you receive will be exactly the same as that shown in the photograph above.’
- ‘It is likely that they were searching for deposits of lead ore and struck upon an outcrop of Blue John by chance.’
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.