Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Remove a ring of bark from (a tree) in order to kill it or to check rapid growth and thereby improve fruit production:‘they are even ringbarking the English oaks in the botanical gardens’‘the weevils had burrowed under its bark, effectively ringbarking the tree’
- ‘American techniques of ringbarking and clearing by burning were adopted to clear eucalypts for grazing and agriculture.’
- ‘The tree was one of a number of 300 + year old river redgums ringbarked and stumped on the site of Fitzroy Gardens.’
- ‘Why would a culture wish in this way to ringbark itself, to sever the roots which have nourished the wisdom and understanding of the centuries?’
- ‘Playground equipment was burned, 10 metre high eucalypts cut down or ringbarked, saplings hacked down with a machete, bolted-down bench palings smashed, seats rocked from their concrete bases and taps kicked from the ground.’
- ‘Should people who have certain palpitations be ringbarked?’
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.