Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A fig tree native to India and SE Asia, regarded as sacred by Buddhists.Also called peepul or omitted unresolving XREF to "pipal"
- ‘Of the fig species Figus Religiosa the ‘bo tree’ is held sacred and there is normally one growing in or near every temple compound.’
- ‘Sometimes police sentries have been placed to protect bo trees from popular vandalism.’
- ‘Theravada Buddhism (one of two types of Buddhism) was introduced to Sri Lanka in the third century B.C. from India, when a branch of the sacred bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment was brought to the island.’
- ‘First they offer fragrant flowers (lotus lily and frangipani) at the different Buddhas, then they offer tiny clay lamps burning with coconut oil and finally they chant their thanksgiving quietly under the bo tree.’
- ‘Until early in the 20th century many old mosques had ancient bo trees (ficus religiosa) next to them indicating that the sites were once occupied by Buddhist temples.’
Mid 19th century: representing Sinhalese bōgaha tree of knowledge (Buddha's enlightenment having occurred beneath such a tree), from bō (from Sanskrit budh understand thoroughly) + gaha tree.
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.