Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A minute rounded calcareous platelet, numbers of which form the spherical shells of coccolithophores.
- ‘The living cell possesses a gelatinous sheath in which are embedded calcareous plates termed coccoliths.’
- ‘Chalk, though it may include shell fragments, is predominantly composed of coccoliths from planktonic algae, forming fine-grained limestone.’
- ‘Like the rest of the world's seas, the Sargasso Sea has a population of the subsurface algae called coccoliths as well as planktonic foraminifera.’
- ‘The team did not limit themselves to foraminifera but used other planktonic groups such as the coccoliths and radiolaria.’
- ‘At this rate it is possible to produce an average 100 metre thickness of coccoliths as calcareous ooze on the ocean floor in less than 200 years.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kokkos ‘grain or berry’ + lithos ‘stone’.
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.