Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An explosive projectile designed to burst in the air and light up an enemy's position.
- ‘The lightships would fire at regular intervals a star shell timed to explode at 6440 feet.’
- ‘This time the British had a greater technical advantage, using star shells to illuminate the oncoming masses, who were shot down in great numbers.’
- ‘By 5.22 pm Scharnhorst was surrounded and illuminated by star shells as heavy guns and torpedoes pounded into her, setting her ablaze end to end.’
- ‘The Allied ships fired star shells in an attempt to counterattack, but they had been fired at from extremely close range with no warning.’
- ‘The 81 mm was tested in the Caribbean and found to be much more effective in this role than the 3-inch gun firing star shells and could be fired at a higher rate.’
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.