Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A tropical American plant with brightly coloured flowers which resemble a lobster's claw, each being composed of boat-shaped bracts.
- ‘Commonly known as lobster claws, Heliconia are close relatives of ginger, banana, and the bird-of-paradise plants familiar from florists' shops.’
- ‘For an unusual spring climber that makes a good show, I would suggest Clianthus puniceus, known as the lobster claw and the parrot's beak because of the curious shape of the petals.’
- ‘Bursts of colour from tropical flowers broke the sea of green - white orchids, bold red lobster claws and anthuriums - and the sounds of life in the forest, with cackling parrots and chirping cicadas, was almost deafening.’
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.