Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A dash (⁓) in the form of a reverse s on its side.
- ‘The ‘swung dash’ or ‘approximation’ sign is not quite the same as tilde in typeset material but the ASCII tilde serves for both (compare angle brackets).’
- ‘No more swung dashes - each compound or derivative, each headword that is repeated in a phrase or example sentence, is given in full.’
- ‘Nowadays, however, swung dash is used wrongly in everyday language regardless of writing forms.’
- ‘It sounds pretty, but when you're blogging, it's a lot better to use an ellipsis, even if your tone is swinging; strictly speaking, the swung dash is never to be used as a punctuation mark.’
- ‘The design is minimalist, with simple structure, little metalanguage and no swung dashes.’
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.