Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A herbaceous plant with spikes of small fragrant greenish flowers.
- ‘Try poppies, cornflowers, stocks, love-in-a-mist, cosmos, mignonette, larkspur, honesty, ox-eye daisies, marigolds, phlox, sunflowers, zinnias - whatever takes your fancy.’
- ‘I used to put a little vase of mignonette beside his photograph.’
- ‘The lightweight polypropylene mesh stretches between stakes, over your flowers that need support - like snapdragons, lisianthus, campanula, mignonette and many more.’
- ‘At Vithion in its wonderful setting by the sea near the end of the peninsula, there were mignonettes, scarlet tulips and geraniums.’
Early 18th century: from French mignonnette, diminutive of mignon ‘small and sweet’.
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.