Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The custom in some cultures in which a man takes to his bed and goes through certain rituals when his child is being born, as though he were physically affected by the birth.
- ‘Armin Brott discusses the whys (at least, in theory) of couvade syndrome and this research says that this condition does exist.’
- ‘But couvade, as I attempt to untangle its relation to colonialism in this essay, is a strategy re-invented for the purposes of reconciliation in narratives of Manichean allegory.’
- ‘In extreme forms of couvade, the man may mimic the pain and process of childbirth and expect his wife to wait on him in the following days.’
- ‘The only known cure for couvade is - birth.’
Mid 19th century: French, from couver ‘to hatch’, from Latin cubare ‘lie down’. The adoption of the term in French was due to a misunderstanding of the phrase faire la couvade ‘sit doing nothing’, used by earlier writers.
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.