Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A hard wooden pin used for fastening timbers together.
- ‘The timbers are often cut and dressed by hand, jointed and interlocked in the traditional way, and fastened throughout with wood pegs called trunnels, or ‘tree nails.’’
- ‘Boring holes in oak ships' timbers for the wooden pegs (treenails) or iron bolts required long augers of high strength.’
- ‘The Slavic tradition of Viking ship building such as from Northern Poland owes a lot to the trenail, and less to the use of iron.’
- ‘We have used tree nails (trunnels) for frame fixing, stone ballast, and hand made rope stropped blocks.’
- ‘Surprisingly to me, the old bridge didn't have trunnels, it was all bolted.’
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.