Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A blue flag with a white square in the centre, raised by a ship about to leave port.
- ‘Manoeuvring my newly-articulated bike as gingerly as a first-time driver, I moved off with the flag on the back of the trailer fluttering like a Blue Peter.’
- ‘I was just about to raise the Blue Peter then and go without you, mate!’
- ‘Whilst we were still on shore in Conquerno the Colonel, who was still on board, raised the ‘Blue Peter’ to the mast head.’
- ‘The captain, believing the seaport to still be in Union hands, raised a "blue peter" flag, which was the international marine signal to take aboard a pilot.’
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.