Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The innermost digit of a forelimb, especially the thumb in primates.
- ‘The eyes are usually very small, the feet are plantigrade and have five digits, and neither the hallux or pollex is opposable.’
- ‘The forefeet and hindfeet have 3 large digits; the pollex and hallux are reduced in size or absent and the fifth finger is very small.’
- ‘Four clawed digits are found on each forefoot (the pollex or ‘thumb’ is small and bears a nail); the hind foot in most has five clawed digits (but sometimes the hallux or first toe has a nail).’
- ‘The first dorsal has been found divided into two, one part going to the pollex and one to the index; this is a very rare anomaly, not occurring more often than once in 120 subjects.’
- ‘All eusauropods, in contrast, are characterized by a shortened manus in which each digit bears two or fewer phalanges, and only the pollex bears an ungual.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin, literally thumb or big toe.
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.