Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A soft-bodied beetle with luminescent organs in the abdomen, especially the larvalike wingless female which emits light to attract the flying male.
- ‘While some locals have ascribed the lights to UFOs, others blamed swarms of fireflies or even glow-worms.’
- ‘That night, after dark, we descended to a cutaway in a hillside where we could view the tiny lights of glow-worms, a first for all of us.’
- ‘At first, I thought it must have been some sort of mutant glow-worm!’
- ‘The best way to explore them and see the unique blue light of the glow-worms clinging to them is on a black-water rafting trip.’
- ‘Although there are no fireflies in Britain, maybe I should also spend the summer searching for a glow-worm over here - people are already organising walks for 2003 to hunt for them.’
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.