Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A binary star whose brightness varies periodically as the two components pass one in front of the other.
- ‘The star Algol was the first recognized as an eclipsing binary by Dutch-born astronomer John Goodricke in 1782.’
- ‘It was not until much later, when several similar cases were recognized, that the concept of eclipsing binaries gained a foothold, a hundred years after Goodricke and Huber got an inkling of the explanation.’
- ‘In addition, the observations with the Very Large Telescope have led to the discovery of seven new eclipsing binaries, that harbour stars with masses below one-third the mass of the Sun, a real bonanza for the astronomers.’
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.