Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[treated as singular] (in the US) a problem-solving technique which seeks to promote creative thinking, typically among small groups of people of diverse expertise.
- ‘The learners will be able to use the synectics to jump start the creative process and find ‘fresh’ views to solving problems.’
- ‘Graphic organizers may be used in conjunction with synectics to promote learning and understanding.’
- ‘Applying synectics to social problems leads to model construction but not actual problem solving.’
1960s: from late Latin synecticus (based on Greek sunekhein hold together), on the pattern of dialectics.
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.