Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Extreme or irrational fear of clowns.‘it has emerged that the multi-millionaire entrepreneur suffers from coulrophobia’
- ‘And if he has coulrophobia are they going to have him interrogated by a bunch of guys in clown suits?’
- ‘In discussions of causes of coulrophobia, sufferers seem to agree that the most fear-inducing aspect of clowns is the heavy makeup, often accompanied by the bulbous nose and weird color of hair, that conceals the wearer's identity.’
- ‘Like all fears and phobias, coulrophobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism.’
- ‘I'm writing an article on coulrophobia and scary clowns for my Feature Writing class at university.’
- ‘Despite its name, there's nothing ‘cool’ about coulrophobia, or ‘fear of clowns’ for the psychiatric layperson.’
1980s: from Greek kōlobatheron ‘stilt’ + -phobia.
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.