Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A herbaceous plant of the daisy family with broad leaves and burred fruits, native to tropical America.
- ‘The sting nematode has a wide host range that includes corn, soybean, and numerous weeds, such as morning glory, crabgrass, and cocklebur.’
- ‘In addition to corn it may feed on weeds, including cocklebur.’
- ‘I spent whole summers with a group of guys, chopping cockleburs and button weeds in the cornfields and talking the way teenage boys talk when they're off by themselves.’
- ‘Both cocklebur and magnolia blossoms must either be harvested and dried for future use or they may be purchased from Chinese pharmacies.’
- ‘It is a native insect which feeds on wild hosts including cocklebur, sunflowers, and common and giant ragweed, as well as soybeans.’
Mid 19th century: from cockle + burr.
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.