Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A diving waterbird with a black streamlined head, breeding in northern North America, Greenland, and Iceland.
- ‘For example, the wing loading of a highly maneuverable bird such as the chimney swift is ten times smaller than that of the aeronautically challenged common loon.’
- ‘Now common loons, one of five loon species, are helping scientists better understand the impact of environmental mercury contamination on waterbirds, fish, and other aquatic wildlife.’
- ‘The common loon is red-eyed, with distinctive black and white markings and a pointed dagger like beak that is perfect for its long, underwater fishing trips.’
- ‘From the clifftop, I have watched otters and great northern divers fishing and porpoises passing by further out.’
- ‘I pointed out that the bird, which I identified as a common loon, was too far gone to be helped but that I'd be happy to take it for the museum's collection.’
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.