Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small creeping Eurasian plant with yellow and purple flowers, widely occurring in cornfields.
- ‘The wonderfully named Venus's looking-glass, shepherd's needle, devil's curry-comb and round-leaved fluellen, have mostly been driven out.’
- ‘Rare fluellen is allowed to flourish in the vegetable garden because it needs arable land and is losing its natural habitat.’
- ‘With their whimsical ancient names such as corncockle, mousetail, fluellen, fumitory, downy hemp-nettle and lamb's succory, they have music as well as colour.’
Mid 16th century: alteration of Welsh llysiau Llywelyn ‘Llewelyn's herbs’; compare with Fluellen, used by Shakespeare to represent the Welsh name Llywelyn.
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.