Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An instrument for measuring very weak forces by their effect upon a system of fine twisted wire.
- ‘I can vaguely imagine how a massively robust nanotechnology could actually produce something like that, too - molecular-size torsion balances to sort things out and so on.’
- ‘In his last years he devised a method for weighing the Earth by using a torsion balance of his own invention, but it was left to W. H. Wollaston and Henry Cavendish to carry out the experiments after his death.’
- ‘These lengths of petiole were then mounted at each end in a torsion balance.’
- ‘The first person to have a proper go at it was Cavendish, who managed to measure G in his famous experiment with a torsion balance about 200 years ago.’
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.