Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A slow-burning wick or cord for lighting explosives.
- ‘Ignition is by a burning slow match (nitrated cord), which is clamped into the ‘serpentine.’’
- ‘Hornblower made his way next to the stairs to light the slow match.’
- ‘In the matchlock system, a length of smouldering slow match, instead of being held in the hand, was held in the jaws of a swivelling double-curved bar called a serpentine and brought to the touch-hole by operating a trigger.’
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.