Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The sail above a sailing ship's foresail.
- ‘If the close-reefed foretopsail is carried instead of the main, it can be easily filled.’
- ‘They also have on display the actual foretopsail that was rigged on the Victory during the battle.’
- ‘The puff died away immediately, however, and no damage was done beyond the splitting of the foretopsail.’
- ‘The foretopsail is smallish and easy to work on because we can stand in the working top on the foremast.’
- ‘Southern hemisphere ships and non-Venn ships of the north were all fore-and-aft rigged, though many had square foretopsails; raffees had square foresails with triangular foretopsails.’
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.