Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The existence of two or more different physical forms of a chemical element.
- ‘The difference in the arrangement of space in the atoms that make up the structure of an element is called allotropy.’
- ‘An example of allotropy is carbon, which can exist as diamond, graphite, and amorphous carbon.’
- ‘The best known example for allotropy is iron.’
- ‘With the exception of nitrogen, all group V elements show allotropy.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek allotropos ‘of another form’, from allo- ‘other’ + tropos ‘manner’ (from trepein ‘to turn’).
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.