Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Divination or fortune-telling using plants or their leaves, petals, etc.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Healey (c1585–c1616), translator. From post-classical Latin botanomantia from botano- + -mantia.
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.