Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The flax-lily of New Zealand.
- ‘Tall strap-leafed phormiums, or New Zealand flax, and the architectural-looking kniphofia, or red-hot poker, added structure just as surely as did the seating areas, paths, and stone work.’
- ‘Roses, honeysuckle and clematis run vigorously together up the pergola, beneath which are hebes, more hostas, hardy geraniums and several magnificent phormiums.’
- ‘Bronze-foliaged plants such as hop bush, phormiums, and purple smoke tree are cooling accents.’
- ‘So I dug up all my surviving phormiums, what's left of them, and came to an immediate conclusion: something is eating the roots.’
- ‘Ornamental trees and shrubs in shades of burgundy, plum, rust, gold, and celery green are backdrops for shapely succulents, phormiums, and kangaroo paws.’
Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek phormion ‘small basket’ (with reference to the use made of the fibres).
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.