Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Rock fragments ejected from a volcano.
- ‘We infer that the framework through which transport took place consists of lapilli lodged within elutriation networks similar to those observed in the field (vertical ‘pipes’ having elongated sheet-like forms in three dimensions).’
- ‘Some matrix ash samples were also analysed to ensure that the complete geochemical range could be assessed, and where lapilli were not available.’
- ‘We thought they might be lapilli - little volcanic hailstones that form when you have an eruption of volcanic ash and it coagulates and falls out.’
- ‘Atmospheric aggregates include: fine particles lodged in the vesicles of larger grains; ash clots and flakes bound by electrostatic forces; accretionary lapilli, pellets or mud-drops formed by wet particle adhesion.’
- ‘Mount Vesuvius' eruption buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in volcanic ash and lapilli, preserving it in its current ghost-town-like state.’
Mid 18th century (in the general sense ‘stones, pebbles’): via Italian from Latin, plural of lapillus, diminutive of lapis stone.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.