Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A flower-shaped ornament or motif, used especially on buildings, coins, and books.
- ‘They tend to come in threes, though a single fleuron can be useful to indicate the beginning of a paragraph.’
- ‘Eight crowns with alternating large and small fleurons are described.’
- ‘At Ghent the bell is surrounded by recessed mouchettes and crowned by a fleuron that rises to the shallow enframing arch, all of which is set within the rectangular field above each window.’
2A small piece of puff pastry used for garnishing.
- ‘He compares the rolls they ate to ‘those flaky pieces of baked dough that the French call fleurons.’’
- ‘It's traditional to serve poached salmon with a fleuron’
Late Middle English: from Old French floron, from flour (see flower).
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.