Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(in Germanic mythology) a dragon.
- ‘A firedrake exploded into view, landing on her shoulder and looking around at all of them.’
- ‘In the poem, Beowulf fights a firedrake that has been destroying the area.’
- ‘The firedrake and the maiden act as each other's guardians, as when she peels fruit for ‘his tender fangs.’’
- ‘Billy may have been the size of a small cat, but he still had the appetite of a full sized firedrake.’
- ‘The firedrake's head snapped round like lightning to face the rattling sound.’
Old English fȳr-draca, from fȳr (see fire) + draca ‘dragon’, from Latin draco.
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.