Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A marshbird of the rail family, with a purplish-blue head and breast and a large red bill, found throughout the Old World.
- ‘At the pond there were a few white-winged terns, a black-crowned night heron, a purple swamphen, and some blue-cheeked bee-eaters.’
- ‘I also saw a few coots and a purple swamphen near the edge of the reeds.’
- ‘Other birds that seemed to be flushed out by the truck were a few moorhens, a single purple swamphen, and a pair of marbled teals.’
- ‘Iridescent purple swamphens, lavished with outrageous lipstick (their bills and frontal shields actually) stomp over the leaves on gigantic spider feet, bobbing their ludicrous white-handkerchief tails behind them.’
- ‘Other birds I saw near the pond were coot, moorhen, purple swamphen and a few Gray Wagtails walking around near the water.’
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.