Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- ‘Another common English name for the weed is pissabed, from the Dutch.’
- ‘The other name, the common French pissenlit and its English local equivalent ‘pissabed’ refer to the diuretic properties attributed to dandelion root.’
Late 16th century: from the verb piss (because of its diuretic properties) + abed, suggested by the French name for the dandelion, pissenlit.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.