Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A predatory marine crustacean with a pair of large spined front legs that resemble those of a mantis and are used for capturing prey.
- ‘Having played with the big shoals of fish for a while, I explore the rubble at the base of the reef, finding pairs of dartfish, garden eels, a blue-spotted stingray and a mantis shrimp which scuttles into its burrow.’
- ‘There's also a couple of varieties of fire-gobies as well, and on a slightly larger scale, a mantis shrimp that slashes at its prey.’
- ‘When mimicking a mantis shrimp, for example, the octopus sits in a burrow with only the eyes and part of the head exposed, and wraps one tentacle around its head to resemble the folded raptorial appendages of the mantis shrimp.’
- ‘Like many marine crustaceans, mantis shrimp rely on their sense of smell to find food, mates, and habitat.’
- ‘I soon found a mantis shrimp in a small hollow, and then a beautiful brown-and-cream-coloured nudibranch, Chromodoris gleniei, looking more like a fancy confection than a sea beast.’
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.