Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small African warbler with a very short tail, and grey or green upper parts with rufous or white underparts.
- ‘The four species of longbills are mostly forest birds with longer bills and tails than crombecs, and mostly very drab in plumage.’
- ‘We will stop en route to enjoy the birdlife of Langebaan Lagoon, the colony of Cape Gannets at Lambert's Bay, and the more unusual passerines of the arid areas; in particular the tit-babblers, larks and crombecs.’
- ‘This tour saw all of the possible weavers and crombecs of Kenya.’
- ‘New birds will come thick and fast - woodpeckers, kingfishers, barbets, tinkerbirds, widows, cisticolas, apalis and prinias, crombecs, various sparrows and canaries.’
- ‘We headed up the Lake Albert escarpment avoiding marching soldiers then stopped for an hour in the Budongo Forest for a walk with crombecs.’
Early 20th century: from French, from Dutch krom ‘crooked’ + bek ‘beak’.
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.