Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A woman's loose gown of a kind fashionable during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- ‘Born George Waldron, near Dublin, the son of a silversmith and a mantua maker, he'd run away from grammar school at 16 (after he stabbed another schoolboy in a fight) and joined a bank of strolling players.’
- ‘The princess wore a mantua and petticoat, white damask with the finest embroidery of rich embossed gold.’
- ‘A woman originally wore a mantua as a robe when resting at home, but by the late 17th century it became fitted at her waist.’
Alteration of French manteau, influenced by Mantua.
A town in Lombardy, northern Italy, on the River Mincio; population 48,357 (2008). Italian name Mantova /ˈmantova/.
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.