Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Extreme or irrational fear of the night or of darkness.
- ‘Other standard phobias are nyctophobia, a fear of the dark, and ochlophobia a fear of crowds, from the Greek words for night and crowd respectively.’
- ‘For nyctophobia, try facing the darkness with another person that brings a feeling of safety, such as a parent or good friend.’
- ‘The American Medical Association believes adult Ncytophobia is very rare and usually treatable with hypnosis and believe it or not, yes prescription drugs.’
- ‘Nyctophobia is mostly present in young children, and starts out with night terrors and a healthy fear of the boogeyman.’
Early 20th century: from Greek nux, nukt- ‘night’ + phobia.
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.