Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The chemical element of atomic number 88, a rare radioactive metal of the alkaline earth series. It was formerly used as a source of radiation for radiotherapy.
- ‘Rutherford was studying the structure of matter by bombarding a very thin gold foil with the alpha radiation from radium and polonium.’
- ‘Radon is present in the atmosphere because it is constantly being formed during the radioactive decay of uranium and radium.’
- ‘All isotopes of radium are radioactive with radium - 226 being the most stable.’
- ‘The ability of radioactive substances such as radium to radiate energy, apparently spontaneously and continuously, appeared to contradict the law of the conservation of energy.’
- ‘Initial autopsies showed high amounts of radium and cesium in four deer livers.’
Late 19th century: from Latin radius ‘ray’ + -ium.
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.