Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rare bright orange mineral consisting of lead chromate.
- ‘This field trip featured stops at a dozen diverse collecting locales, including the famous Adelaide and Red Lead crocoite mines near Dundas.’
- ‘In March they went to the regular dumps of the Argent Lead and Silver mine for vanadinite, pyromorphite, and crocoite and then moved to the slag dumps, on which were found linarite, anglesite, leadhillite, lanarkite, and gypsum.’
- ‘As I recall, I traded this for a Russian crocoite.’
- ‘Beryozovskoe is also the type locality for crocoite, the first new mineral discovered and described within the Russian territory.’
- ‘Next you will encounter lustrous orange crystals of crocoite from the Ural Mountains.’
Mid 19th century: originally as French crocoise, from Greek krokoeis ‘saffron-coloured’, from krokos ‘crocus’. The spelling was altered to crocoisite, then crocoite.
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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.