Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A solid iron for smoothing clothes.
- ‘People buy old-fashioned sad-irons not to iron their clothes with, but to use as bookends or doorstops.’
- ‘This is a rare sized sad-iron that was used by a small child so that she or he could ‘iron’ along with the mother.’
Mid 18th century: from sad, in the obsolete sense ‘weighty’.
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.