Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A button on a computer keyboard or telephone keypad that is marked with a # sign:‘pressing and holding the hash key activates silent/vibrate mode’
- ‘Graphics are perfect, just have to remember to press the hash key to get the game in fullscreen.’
- ‘By pressing the hash key on your phone before you make a call, you automatically swap to this service.’
- ‘You had to wait for exactly 15 secs and press the hash key and you'd be connected straight away.’
- ‘I was on hold for ages, listened to repeated versions of "I Will Survive" and pressed so many options, hash keys and numbers I was totally lost.’
- ‘It invites me to call his mobile "by pressing your hash key 17 times".’
- ‘I feel sorry for the thousands stuck in a perpetual, message-leaving limbo after pressing that bloody hash key, just hanging around awaiting your next important instruction.’
- ‘You may need to use the hash key (#) to finish your number - please listen to the instructions given.’
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.