Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- North American term for thorn apple
- ‘Eliza apparently found foxglove, henbane, and jimson weed growing in Serena's pleasant little garden.’
- ‘This species also includes tobacco, poisonous belladonna, and the toxic plants herbane, mandrake, and jimson weeds.’
- ‘And I found out that jimson weed is also called Datura and has been in use as a shamanic psychotropic substance, and a folk medicine forever.’
- ‘They spared no opprobrium in describing jimson weed as ‘a true weed… vile smelling and generally obnoxious.’’
- ‘Four teenagers consumed hallucinogenic and poisonous jimson weed Thursday night and were hospitalized with fast heartbeats and impaired vision.’
- ‘Datura is jimson weed and these ornamental plants with the large, white, bell-like flowers.’
Late 17th century (originally as Jamestown weed): named after Jamestown in Virginia.
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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.