Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
mirage, hallucination, apparition, phantasm, phantom, vision, spectre, fantasy, figment of the imagination, will-o'-the-wisp, trick of the lightView synonyms
- ‘But it's impossible to describe these paintings, also because they hit your soul like burning arrows and recall the sad and reddish dance of the ignis fatuuses.’
- ‘How is the gas of ignis fatui ignited on bogs and meadows?’
Mid 16th century: modern Latin, literally ‘foolish fire’ (because of its erratic movement).
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.