Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small swift found in southern Asia and Australasia.
- ‘The edible nests of swiftlets are used in bird's-nest soup, a delicacy in some countries.’
- ‘Echolocation - the trick of emitting sound pulses and navigating by accurate timing of the echoes - has evolved at least four times: in bats, toothed whales, oilbirds and cave swiftlets.’
- ‘Across town, dozens of new buildings are going up with one aim in mind: to attract as many nest-building swiftlets as possible and reap the rewards.’
- ‘The nests belong to a species of swiftlet, Collocalia whiteheadi, which is found in the Philippines and New Guinea.’
- ‘The villagers could not explain why scaffolding was required to collect bird droppings from the floor of the cave, and they were not aware of the swiftlets and their unique saliva nests.’
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.