Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A figure of speech in which what naturally would come last is put first, for example ‘I die! I faint! I fail!’.
- ‘The reverse chronological order of these actions is an example of hysteron proteron, from the Greek for ‘later/first.’’
- ‘Shakespeare is a master in the use of hysteron proteron.’
Mid 16th century: late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron ‘the latter (put in place of) the former’.
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.