Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A bed of shale exposed in the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. The bed, dated to the Cambrian period (about 530 million years ago), is rich in well-preserved fossils of early marine invertebrates, many of which represent evolutionary lineages unknown in later times.
- ‘Pictured above is Canadia, from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia.’
- ‘Patrick Orr, now at the National University of Ireland in Galway, and I decided to analyse some Burgess Shale fossils by mapping the distribution of elements using an electron microprobe.’
- ‘The best-known of these sites is the legendary Burgess Shale in the British Columbian Rocky Mountains.’
Named after the Burgess Pass, British Columbia, where the shale outcrops.
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.