Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A verb that functions to some extent like a modal verb, typically in the way it forms negative and interrogative constructions. English semi-modals include need and dare.
- ‘The marginal modal verbs, sometimes called semi-modal verbs, are dare, need, ought to, used to.’
- ‘In this paper I focus on scope phenomena connected with semi-modal (and modal) verbs and mainly on the syntactic behaviour of these groups of verbs.’
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.