Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rod with a sliding cursor formerly used for measuring distances and heights.
- ‘In January 1472 he made observations of a comet, using his Jacob's staff, which were accurate enough to allow it to be identified with Halley's comet 210 years (and three returns of the 70 year period comet) later.’
Mid 16th century (denoting a pilgrim's staff): alluding to St James ( Jacobus in ecclesiastical Latin), whose symbols are a pilgrim's staff and a scallop shell.
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.