Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A supernumerary actor who has little or nothing to say.
- ‘The number of part-time or full-time film extras (or figurants) in Shanghai is not known but it is certain that their number is increasing rapidly as the entertainment business becomes more prosperous.’
- ‘Don't worry figurant, he's not mad at you.’
- ‘Holst's figurant represents humanity exposed to the occult powers of the unfixed stars as they orbit through the twelve astrological houses of the zodiac.’
French, present participle of figurer ‘to figure’.
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.