Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A large predatory leech of freshwater and terrestrial habitats which feeds on carrion and small invertebrates.
- ‘As the horseleech is never satisfied, often continuing to gorge itself until it bursts, so self-love is never contented, crying ‘Give, give.’’
- ‘These men were looked upon as ‘ravening wolves, horseleeches and shearers,’ from whom no man was safe.’
- ‘Ribbon leeches, which have firm bodies and minimal suction, make excellent bait, but a walleye will turn up its nose at a horseleech or medicine leech, which have soft, squishy bodies and strong suction.’
- ‘Pistol once again brings attention to the seamy side of war, in his declaration that in France they will be like horseleeches, sucking blood.’
- ‘Pistol sums up their intentions perfectly when he boasts, ‘Let us to France, like horseleeches, my boys, / To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck!’’
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.