Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The property (displayed by solutions of some compounds, notably many sugars) of rotating the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light.
- ‘If the product and catalyst of a reaction were the same, then amplification of optical activity might just be possible, they reasoned.’
- ‘In the slightly different situation of a crystal with optical activity, the center of the bull's-eye is not black, and its color gives information about the amount of twist.’
- ‘Surprisingly no optical activity was found, even with a 100-fold magnification of the scale, although strong UV absorption was retained.’
- ‘These materials are said to display optical activity, and are rapidly gaining popularity among engineers.’
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.