Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rat with dark fur, large ears, and a long tail. It is found throughout the world, being particularly common in the tropics, and is the chief host of the plague-transmitting flea.Also called roof rat
- ‘The reptile house will become the mouse house, home to all kinds of rodents including black rats.’
- ‘The plague likely spread to Europe on the backs of shipboard black rats that carried plague-infested fleas.’
- ‘The bats thrived there as recently as 1962 or 1963, until the arrival of black rats aboard fishing vessels.’
- ‘What was worse, he turned his head and found a black rat and a white rat biting energetically into the trunk of the plum tree.’
- ‘The small animals we call rats come in two types, the black rat and the Norway rat, and they have lived with man throughout history.’
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.