Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A headless nail used for the soles and heels of shoes.
- ‘I put a patch inside the right shoe - and have nailed them inside the toe and put sparables in the heels.’
Early 17th century: contraction of sparrow-bill (in the same sense), with reference to the nail's shape.
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.