Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The great skua (seabird).
- ‘Lots of fulmars and gulls, even a bonxie (not sure how you spell that) although it did not hang around for long.’
- ‘We followed a faint path south, passing a small loch below Sidhean Beag where bonxies were creating turmoil amongst the oystercatcher nests.’
- ‘Although the numerous seabirds that surround it in spring are great too watch, be aware of the great skuas, or ‘bonxies’.’
- ‘The great skuas, known locally as bonxies, which live by stealing fish from smaller birds, are displaying disturbing behavioural changes.’
Late 18th century: from Norwegian bunksi, from bunke ‘dumpy body’.
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.