Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A ground beetle that discharges a puff of irritant vapour from its anus with an audible pop when alarmed.
- ‘The tiny bombardier beetle could not possibly have evolved.’
- ‘In contrast, bombardier beetles, the diving bell spider, and a horsefly larva that cuts a crack diverter in mud, appear to be unique.’
- ‘Researchers at the University will study the bombardier beetle's unique natural combustion technique to see if it can be copied for use in the aircraft industry.’
- ‘One contributor to the conference gave a talk on ‘The efficiency of the explosive discharge of the bombardier beetle, with possible biomimetic applications’.’
- ‘The Holotype of the bombardier beetle, Brachinus aabaaba, which I named and described in 1970, is housed in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.’
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.