Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A lightweight quick-firing machine gun used by the Allied forces in the Second World War.
- ‘After a noisy afternoon with a Bren firing 12 inches from my left ear, I was deafened.’
- ‘It takes me back to the cadets, assembling or dissembling the Bren gun: piston, barrel, butt, body, bipod.’
- ‘There were also beautifully restored military vehicles, including jeeps, and Bren gun carriers.’
- ‘As he paused beside a large rock to reload his Bren gun, he was shot dead by a sniper.’
- ‘He became a Bren gunner and was taught to kill - a far cry from his Christian pacifist background.’
1930s: blend of Brno (a town in the Czech Republic where it was originally made) and Enfield in England (site of the Royal Small Arms Factory where it was later made).
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.