Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A lens for concentrating the sun's rays on an object so as to set fire to it.
- ‘If a spherical glass vessel is filled with clear water, it acts like a round burning glass.’
- ‘But the city was defended by Archimedes, a greater inventor, whose ‘burning glasses’ and other counter-engines destroyed the attackers' siege engines.’
- ‘A glass bowl full of water had been used as a magnifier and burning glass in antiquity.’
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.