Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase.
- ‘All the words for actual (kinds of) snow have been removed, and I'm ignoring the extensive polysemy of snow and many of its derivatives.’
- ‘Valéry puts to work the regulated polysemy of the word ‘capital’.’
- ‘In doing this, lexicographers generally take the view that homonymy relates to different words whose forms have converged while polysemy relates to one word whose meanings have diverged or radiated.’
- ‘Literariness was not merely the quality that distinguished poetics from pragmatics, it was the guarantee and promise of linguistic richness, of polysemy.’
- ‘For my part, therefore, I am inclined to see features of both monosemy and polysemy in a word's semantic structure.’
Early 20th century: from poly- ‘many’ + Greek sēma ‘sign’.
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.