Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A former British coin and monetary unit equal to two shillings and sixpence (121/2p).
- ‘Those savings would be made up of the sovereigns, florins, half-crowns, and the smaller silver he received over the years for his smithy work.’
- ‘Several decades later, Thornborough gave Whitacre a half-crown in exchange for a grain of rye that was to be doubled in number each week for a year.’
- ‘I was not consulted about the abolition of the crown, or the half-crown.’
- ‘A gilded silver twopence might well pass for a gold half-crown to the unwary.’
- ‘Canon McHugh, presented each of us with a half-crown, the equivalent of twenty-five pence in today's currency, which at that time was indeed a princely sum.’
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.