Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A boldly patterned Asian cuckoo-shrike (songbird), the male of which is typically red and black, and the female yellow and grey.
- ‘It is common to see such rare birds as the blue-coated flycatcher, the crimson-breasted barbet, the scarlet minivet and even the Paradise flycatcher, and there is an abundance of Golden Oriole.’
- ‘There were calls of Sunbirds, flowerpeckers, Ioras, drongos, minivets.’
- ‘The participants were divided into four groups - ‘bulbuls,’ ‘minivets, ‘shamas’ and ‘drongos’.’
- ‘Across Asia, in our enthusiasm to subdue farm posts, we have unwittingly let loose a chemical war on all living things, including eagles and minivets.’
- ‘A flash of red and black above and she whispers again, ‘Scarlet minivet!’’
- ‘A short walk along the naval base yielded many interesting bird species including a pair of common grey hornbills, spotted owlets, small minivets, shikra & Common Iora to name a few.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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.