Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- archaic term for sulphuric acid
- ‘The alchemists called sulfuric acid oil of vitriol, a reference to its corrosive nature.’
- ‘For them special labels had to be printed with the old name: ‘distilled oil of vitriol’.’
- ‘In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, extra acid in the form of vinegar or tartaric acid (or in one recipe oil of vitriol), were added to boiled sugar, and modern drops evolved.’
- ‘Mix one fourth pound of indigo with half an ounce of oil of vitriol & a little water; shake the bottle every day till the whole is dissolved.’
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.