Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The prime meridian, which passes through the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in London. It was adopted internationally as the zero of longitude in 1884.
- ‘It lies 102 ½ metres further east than the official Greenwich meridian and is the line used for all air and sea navigation.’
- ‘Accurate measurements from space have led to another slight shift of the globe's most important line, and the GPS meridian now lies 102.48 metres east of the old Greenwich meridian.’
- ‘By international convention, it passes through the original site of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England; for this reason, it is sometimes called the Greenwich meridian.’
- ‘I stop just outside the front door, and am rather pleased to discover that I live exactly 0°1'2 ‘west of the Greenwich meridian.’’
- ‘Here the zero lines of longitude and latitude - the Greenwich meridian and the equator - bisect.’
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.