Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A low-growing inconspicuous plant of the pink family, which grows in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.
- ‘Other related species include stitchwort and chickweed, catchflies, knawels, pearlworts and sea-spurreys.’
- ‘I saw no shepherd's purse after December 27th, but knawel was in flower as late as January 18th.’
- ‘Self-pollination allows for distinct races to develop and several sub-species of annual knawel have been recognised, however their status in Ireland has not been investigated.’
- ‘Both knawels are sometimes named pesky weeds, but every plant, which can survive in the poor soil, is important for the Spit.’
Late 16th century: from German Knauel, Knäuel ‘knotgrass’.
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.