Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A bristly plant of the borage family, with bright blue flowers.
- ‘Viper's bugloss was introduced from Europe in colonial times.’
- ‘A series of footpaths lead through bluebells, bugloss and other seaside flowers and birdwatchers flock to the cliff edges to watch migration and movements during the ebb and flow of the tide.’
- ‘Now add bright blue Brunnera macrophyylla (Siberian bugloss), yellowish-green lady's mantle, and Geranium x magnificum.’
- ‘Flowers range from peonies, delphiniums, various brooms and gorses, mallows, asters and periwinkle through to buglosses, mandrake, daises, narcissi, irises and orchids.’
- ‘Common bugloss has fleshy, hairy leaves that grow smaller in size towards the top of the stem.’
Late Middle English: from Old French buglosse or Latin buglossus, from Greek bouglōssos ‘ox-tongued’, from bous ‘ox’ + glōssa ‘tongue’.
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.