Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The last six lines of a sonnet.
- ‘The beginning octave of this sonnet fits poorly with the sestet.’
- ‘In the sestet we hear his revealingly equivocal reply to the proffered charge of aloofness.’
- ‘Or as Grafton puts it, in rhyming sestets, the footnote has the power to ‘buttress and undermine, at one and the same time’.’
rare A sextet.
Early 19th century: from Italian sestetto, from sesto, from Latin sextus ‘a sixth’.
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.