Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A short comic or nonsensical verse, typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length and referring to a famous person.
- ‘If you don't know what a ‘clerihew’ is, I will explain next week, with another example - perhaps about David Beckham.’
- ‘There are also some laughs in the chapter on clerihews.’
- ‘The literary form, the clerihew, was invented by a schoolboy, all about Sir Humphrey Davy who lived with the odium of having discovered sodium.’
- ‘Much of the lightest verse of Rochester or Buckingham has as sharp a wit as one of E. C. Bentley's clerihews.’
1920s: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley (see Bentley, Edmund Clerihew), who invented it.
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.