Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small leaf beetle with an enlarged thorax and wing cases which cover the entire insect.
- ‘Another resident was a little tortoise beetle, Deloyola guttata, which I found to be fairly abundant on a morning glory vine.’
- ‘Other animals are known to use scat for surprising purposes; larval tortoise beetles pile fecal shields on their backs to protect them from predators.’
- ‘Extensive screening of possible biological controls in 1996 and 1997 led the scientists to the 5-to 6-millimeter-long tortoise beetle, Gratiana boliviana.’
- ‘The Gratiana boliviana, 5-to 6-millimeter-long tortoise beetle, appears to have the fecundity, longevity, and host-specificity to make it an ideal natural control agent.’
- ‘They belong to the subfamily Donaciinae of the family Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles), which is one of the largest of beetle families in the world and contains highly specialised plant feeders such as flea beetles and tortoise beetles.’
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.