Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An ancient Inca device for recording information, consisting of variously coloured threads knotted in different ways.
- ‘The quipus of the ancient Incas of Peru encoded a wide range of data about people, land, and crops for the government bureaucracy.’
- ‘These runners carried oral messages, small packages, or quipus (Incan counting devices made from strings with a series of knots in them) from village to village and from the capital to all parts of the empire.’
- ‘The Inca, who had no written language, used the quipu - a device made of a series of strings with colored knots - to record census findings and tallies of animal herds and other resources.’
- ‘Remember that the Incas had no written records and so the quipu played a major role in the administration of the Inca empire since it allowed numerical information to be kept.’
- ‘I wonder whether there might be lessons in the Incan calendar and quipus.’
- ‘We now know the quipu for just what it was in prehistoric times… simply an instrument for recording numbers.’
From Quechua khipu knot.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.