Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Long underpants with a frill at the bottom of each leg, worn by women and girls in the 19th century.
- ‘Ellen talks about childhood memories: she remembers that Archer kissed her behind a door, and mentions that she can picture everybody in the audience in their knickerbockers and pantalettes.’
- ‘Granny tied the strings and handed Sarah her embroidered pantalets.’
- ‘She lifted her skirts, showing off her pantalets scandalously, and ran as fast as her tightly fitted corset would allow.’
- ‘So from pantaloons and pantalettes to divided drawers, boxers, granny pants and bikinis, you can bet your choice of underwear will get a mention, and no doubt Hawthorne knows exactly what it says about you.’
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.