Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A measure of fresh herrings, equivalent to 371/2 gallons.
- ‘‘One year in a plosher, the Venus, we landed 110 cran in five nights’ fishing.’
- ‘Each finished barrel held a cran of herring.’
- ‘One outstanding day is remembered by some ever now, when a average of 80 cran of herring were landed by 40 boats.’
Late 18th century: from Scottish Gaelic crann, perhaps the same word as crann ‘lot’, denoting the share of fish given to each member of the crew.
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.