Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A group of closely associated things, especially closely spaced spectral lines or atomic energy levels, or subatomic particles differing only in a single property (e.g. charge or strangeness).
- ‘Saturation was thereby achieved by multiple photon absorption in thymine doublets and multiplets.’
1920s: from multiple, on the pattern of words such as doublet and triplet.
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.