Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The time at which motorists are required by law to switch their vehicles' lights on.
- ‘It was Grey who looked out of his Foreign Office window at lighting-up time on Aug.4, 1914, and said with melancholy prescience: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’’
- ‘We looked at lighting-up times, getting later and later with only a very few hours of twilight to play with.’
- ‘As in Paris, they would be lit for 10 minutes every hour, from lighting-up time to 1am.’
- ‘A better option is to fit a photo-electric switch which operates automatically, regardless of lighting-up times.’
- ‘However, variability in traffic patterns and other factors meant it was difficult to present ‘before’ and ‘after’ time scenarios for all sites because demand patterns, weather conditions and seasonal effects (e.g. lighting-up times) were not all identical.’
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.