Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An inflatable life jacket, originally as issued to RAF personnel during the Second World War.
- ‘He was wearing his Mae West life jacket, as he always did on a mission over water, because he couldn't swim.’
- ‘Over the clothing we wore a Mae West, then the British parachute and, on top of that lot, came the quick-release Sutton harness.’
- ‘Their flight suits were khaki and they wore yellow Mae West life vests.’
1940s: from the name of the American film actress Mae West (see West, Mae), noted for her large bust.
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.