Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Any of various eruptive or metamorphic rocks which have spots or markings like a snake and are usually green; serpentine.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Dallington (b. 1561), author and courtier. From classical Latin ophītēs ophites. Compare Middle French, French ophite, Italian ofite.
A member of an early Gnostic sect which worshipped the serpent.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. From post-classical Latin Ophitae (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from Hellenistic Greek Ὀϕῖται, plural of Ὀϕίτης from ancient Greek ὄϕις serpent + -ίτης.
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.