Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A piece of wood forming part of the apparatus used to attach the clapper to a bell.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Notes and Queries. Probably from busk + board, perhaps with allusion to a similarity in form between this component and a corset busk, or perhaps with reference to the restraining or bracing function they both perform.
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.