Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A soft-bodied beetle related to the glow-worm, the winged male and flightless female of which both have luminescent organs. The light is chiefly produced in flashes and typically functions as a signal between the sexes.
- ‘The firefly's light is only visible for an instant.’
- ‘The light from the firefly is an example of phosphorescence.’
- ‘Triggered by dusk's fading daylight, male fireflies lift off into the air and begin their courtship.’
- ‘Later lab experiments showed that by flashing an artificial light at a firefly you could speed up its rhythm, you could slow it down, make it flash a little later than it would otherwise.’
- ‘We were guided as we went by millions of fireflies whose flashing marked the banks like landing lights on an airstrip.’
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.