Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An Arctic cisco (fish) of a variety which occurs in Irish lakes.
- ‘The three species of endangered fishes are allis shad, Killarney shad and pollan.’
- ‘Pollan in Ireland are a relatively short-lived fish, with most authors (e.g. Twomey 1956; Wilson and Pitcher 1983) encountering fish of up to five years old.’
- ‘In total Noel had about 11 good runs and landed two - both caught with pollan dead bait.’
Early 18th century: from Irish pollán, perhaps based on poll ‘pool’.
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.