Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The brightest star in the constellation Virgo.
Latin, literally ear of wheat (in the hand of the goddess).
A bandage folded into a spiral arrangement resembling an ear of wheat or barley.
bandage, covering, plaster, gauze, lint, compress, ligature, swathe, poultice, salveView synonyms
- ‘Current treatment for this type of fracture is a thumb spica, but some evidence suggests that the thumb could be omitted from the cast.’
- ‘As a basic rule, in a patient with a clinically suspected scaphoid fracture but negative initial radiographs, it is reasonable to apply a short arm thumb spica and re-evaluate the patient in two weeks.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, literally spike, ear of corn; related to spina spine. The current sense is influenced by Greek stakhus ear of wheat.
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.