Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it.
- ‘Firstly I think one of the big problems is the use of descriptive adjectives as nouns.’
- ‘Reading becomes an exercise in spotting nouns and adjectives; there is nothing to engage or delight.’
- ‘An important reason for this is that most nouns and most adjectives have rather complex semantic structures.’
- ‘Use verbs, nouns and adjectives and get a copy of Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.’
- ‘In Swinburne's work as a whole many adjectives are used as nouns and many nouns as adjectives.’
Late Middle English: from Old French adjectif, -ive, from Latin adject- ‘added’, from the verb adicere, from ad- ‘towards’ + jacere ‘throw’. The term was originally used in the phrase noun adjective, translating Latin nomen adjectivum, a translation of Greek onoma epitheton ‘attributive name’.
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.