Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A chair fastened to the end of a pole, used formerly to plunge offenders into a pond or river as a punishment.
- ‘Then the apparatus of power comprised stocks, ducking stools, branding irons and the omnipresent shadow of the gallows.’
- ‘We will bring back the ducking stool for litter louts!’
- ‘And in this pool of water stood the ducking stool, where women received a drenching for their ‘crimes’ in days gone by.’
- ‘The other word I've been pondering recently is cucking-stool, the original form of what later became called a ducking stool.’
- ‘The village stocks and the ducking stool provided a suitable deterrent for the twerp who insisted on invading our space and time.’
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.