Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A symbol (†) used as a reference mark in printed matter, or to indicate that a person is deceased.
- ‘This obelus (little dagger sign) directs readers to a four-line footnote that explains the terms and conditions attached to this freebie.’
2A mark (– or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to mark a word or passage as spurious, corrupt or doubtful.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek obelos ‘pointed pillar’, also ‘critical mark’.
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.