Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A covered chamber pot enclosed in a wooden stool.
- ‘People who have diarrhoea will often go to the close-stool.’
- ‘So they commissioned ornate, decorative close-stools made out of the finest materials, built by the finest craftsmen.’
- ‘In order to make sure of this, the law requires that chamber pots and close-stools be made of gold or silver, and that these metals should be used for nothing else other than jewelry for slaves, thus decreasing its appeal.’
- ‘He was thinking of King Henry VIII's black velvet close-stool studded with 2,000 gold nails.’
- ‘When my great-grandfather wished to read to his family, he reversed the lid of the close-stool upon his knees, and passed the leaves from one side to the other, which were held down on each by the packthread.’
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.