Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The world's first adhesive postage stamp, issued in Britain in 1840. It was printed in black with an effigy of Queen Victoria, and had a value of one penny.
- ‘Anyone that knows him will realise that is as rare as a penny black.’
- ‘Everyone knows Rowland Hill invented the penny black and the world was captivated by the idea.’
- ‘The Glasgow of Collins's youth is something preserved in aspic, a violent place where a teenage boy had to sell his stamp collection - ‘a penny black with four clear margins and a tuppeny blue’ - to buy an electric guitar.’
- ‘They were singing about revolution and sticking penny blacks in an album.’
- ‘However, if your ‘penny black’ was printed from a rare plate then it could command a price tag of £2,500.’
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.