Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A graduate or former student, especially a male one, of a particular school, college, or university.‘a Harvard alumnus’‘a mixture of news about the University and articles by alumni’
- 1.1 A former member of a group, company, or organization.‘a Royal Ballet alumnus’
- 1.1 A former member of a group, company, or organization.
When used in the singular, alumnus (which is a male form in Latin) generally refers to a male former student, with alumna being the corresponding female term, but the plural alumni can refer to both sexes (the plural form alumnae may be used when referring to two or more female former students). In the US, the shortened form alum is increasingly used in informal contexts to avoid gender-specific terminology altogether
Mid 17th century: from Latin, ‘nursling, pupil’, from alere ‘nourish’.
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.