Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An alkaloid present in ergot. An amide of lysergic acid, it has oxytocic activity and is given to control bleeding after childbirth.
- ‘Thankfully, I delivered the placenta without difficulty, or ergometrine.’
- ‘The studies reviewed used oxytocin, ergometrine, or a mixture of those drugs administered intravenously or intramuscularly immediately after delivery of the infant.’
- ‘In this trial, women tended to have a lower height of the uterine fundus from day 1 postpartum and had a significantly lower height on day 5 postpartum than those receiving ergometrine.’
- ‘Doctors seldom have an important role, except perhaps to provide reassurance, but they may need to administer a uterine contractant such as ergometrine.’
1930s: from ergot + Greek mētra ‘womb’ + -ine.
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.