Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A measurement of the position of the moon in order to calculate longitude from lunar distance.
- ‘If you had a chronometer, you would use it to measure longitude all the time, not just "when lunar observations were impractical."’
- ‘He speculated that he would continue to ‘amuse’ himself in attempting to determine Monticello's longitude but with lunar observations.’
- ‘At the Greenwich Royal Observatory Halley used the first transit instrument and devised a method for determining longitude at sea by means of lunar observations.’
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.