Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] Feverish delirium formerly thought of as afflicting sailors in the tropics.
derangement, dementia, dementedness, temporary insanity, temporary madnessView synonyms
- ‘The crowning description of the illness called calenture is in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.’
Late 16th century: from French, from Spanish calentura fever, from calentar be hot, based on Latin calere be warm.
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.