Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A plant of the purslane family with showy pinkish-white flowers on short stems. Found throughout the rocky areas of western North America, it is particularly abundant in Montana, of which it is the state flower.
- ‘They stopped in the Bitterroot and Hell Gate [Clark Fork] Valleys to dig bitterroot before ‘returning to their own country over the Bitterroot Range.’’
- ‘My state flower is the bitterroot and my state bird is the western meadowlark.’
- ‘Then he gave the officer a hunk of bitterroot, to ward off evil.’
- ‘Lately his slumber had been disturbed by dreams of yellow roses and pink heather, bachelor's-buttons and bitterroot and salmon poppies and moss rose and blue flax and red tulips and yellow water lilies.’
- ‘But at the eleventh hour, anxious to complete, I resorted to transferring a photograph of a bitterroot bloom to fabric.’
- ‘Women gathered roots, prairie turnips, bitterroot, and camas bulbs in the early summer.’
- ‘During the summer, the Nez Percé gathered a wide variety of plants, including wild onions and carrots, bitterroots, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and nuts.’
- ‘Lewis took home six bitterroot specimens, which he later gave to botanist Frederick Pursh, who named the genus after Lewis.’
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.