Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A portable device that records the rhythm of the heart continuously, typically for 24–48 hours, by means of electrodes attached to the chest.
When a patient is fitted with a Holter monitor, the recording device may be on a strap that goes around the neck or over the shoulder. This procedure is so suggestive of wearing a halter that it is not surprising that many people, including some healthcare professionals, believe they are correct in calling the device a halter monitor. In fact, the true name has nothing to do with the way the device is worn, but refers only to the man who invented it: Norman J. Holter. Even though the pronunciations of Holter and halter differ, the mistaken identity is persistent
1950s: named after Norman J. Holter (1914–83), the American biophysicist who invented it.
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.