Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The mineral stephanite.
Early 19th century. After German Sprödglaserz, lit. ‘brittle glass ore’ (1791 in the passage translated in quot. 1809; from spröde brittle + Glaserz; with the second element compare also Silberglas: see silver glass).
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.