Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small Eurasian songbird that was formerly eaten as a delicacy, the male having an olive-green head and yellow throat.
- ‘We used our data to test whether long-distance movements in the ortolan bunting occurred before males became territorial (natal dispersal) or during adult life (breeding dispersal).’
- ‘The ortolan was so prized as a delicacy that it was almost hunted into extinction.’
- ‘Like Otto's thin-crusted, griddle-cooked pizza, possibly the most controversial foodstuff to hit Gotham since Le Cirque's ortolans.’
- ‘Dali was quite impressed, though he said he himself only ate ‘food with faces’ which meant fish and ortolans.’
- ‘After their heads have been cut or bitten off, ortolans are eaten whole (bones and all) from underneath a napkin - to hide the shame of such cruelty and gluttony from the sight of God.’
Early 16th century: from French, from Provençal, literally gardener, based on a diminutive of Latin hortus garden.
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.