Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Provided with machicolations:‘a machicolated fortress’
- ‘With its great round bastions and tall machicolated towers, Lahore station may look as if it is the product of some short lived collaboration between the Raj and the Diney Corporation.’
- ‘The first step is to recognise what is going on, and to take steps to shore up the machicolated and moth-eaten institution in which I now sit.’
Late 18th century: from Anglo-Latin machicollare, based on Provençal machacol, from macar to crush + col neck.
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.