Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A French-made guided anti-ship missile.
- ‘The company names its fireworks after missiles, including the Exocet and Tomahawk.’
- ‘Likewise, the French enjoyed an excellent relationship with Iraq, with Mirage fighters, Exocets, surface-to-air, and anti-tank missiles following behind the nuclear plant in 1981-9.’
- ‘The Argentinians had no previous experience with antiship missiles, and the Exocet was a complicated and cranky weapon.’
1970s: from French, literally ‘flying fish’, via Latin from Greek ekōkoitos ‘fish that comes up on the beach’ (literally ‘out of bed’).
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.