Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A tall plant of the buttercup family, with spikes of cream or yellow flowers and fern-like leaves, native to north temperate regions.
- ‘Tall bugbane is a tall wildflower with branched and leafy stems arising from 100-200 cm high.’
- ‘Other common names for this plant are black root, bugbane, rattle root, rattle top, rattle squawroot, snake root and rattle weed.’
- ‘Wood anemones, epimediums, bugbanes, and toad lilies create intricate tapestries under flowering shrubs and trees.’
- ‘Other plants are also called bugbane and snakeroot; most plants called cohosh belong to the related baneberry genus.’
- ‘Throughout the woodlands, color can be found in late-blooming azaleas, lilies, bugbanes, hostas, and hydrangeas.’
Early 19th century: from bug + bane, with reference to the former use of the species C. foetida to drive away bedbugs.
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.