Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A children's top which makes a humming noise as it spins.
- ‘From humming tops, trains, and trolleys to mechanical animals on wheels and figures pulling carts (pull toys), tinplate toys were made in amazing variety.’
- ‘The shop offers a wide selection of humming tops, cloth figurine sets, wooden trains and perfectly engineered German toys.’
- ‘Try making a second humming top and insert a hole in it, and it'll give you a different humming sound.’
- ‘The Maori in New Zealand have used humming tops, with specially-crafted holes, in mourning ceremonies.’
- ‘At the beginning of Victoria's reign these were predominantly wooden and included dolls, dolls’ furniture, horses, carts, skipping ropes, spinning and humming tops.’
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.