Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A horsetail with a very rough ridged stem, formerly used for scouring and polishing.
- ‘Dwarf scouring rush is a miniature horsetail only 8 inches tall.’
- ‘The transition into the moist prairie is heralded by scattered scouring rushes.’
- ‘Known commonly as the horsetail or scouring rush, this plant has emerged as one of the species that is increasingly recommended by garden designers.’
- ‘Joining these are three scouring rushes (common scouring rush, variegated scouring rush, and water horsetail) and the common, or field, horsetail.’
- ‘Equisetum are known as horsetails, foxtails, or scouring rushes - this last name is derived from the fact that Equisetum stores granules of silica within its cells, making it an effective tool for scrubbing pots and polishing wood.’
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.