Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A wild mustard with yellow flowers, which is a common weed of cornfields.
- ‘At one test site, researchers found a GM version of the common weed charlock growing in the field, the year after the GM trial.’
- ‘Chickweed, charlock (yellow flowers) and runch (white flowers) plants are now big enough to cause some concern.’
- ‘In California, the cultivated radish, Raphanus sativus, and the jointed charlock, R. raphanistrum, have completely merged.’
- ‘Most botanists believe the place to be W. Asia and the main ancestral wild plant to be Raphanus raphanistrum, a type of charlock, but it is likely that other wild ancestors would have crossed with this.’
Old English cerlic, cyrlic, of unknown origin.
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.