Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A European butterfly related to the brimstone, with wings that vary from pale cream to orange-yellow.
- ‘The Cleopatra butterfly replaces the familiar brimstone in the south of Europe.’
- ‘I managed to catch the prized Cleopatra butterfly on my birthday.’
- ‘Highlights included close views of a Cleopatra butterfly, a Wood Cricket and excellent views of a Hoopoe by Langle.’
(69–30 BC), queen of Egypt 47–30; the last Ptolemaic (Macedonian dynasty) ruler; also known as Cleopatra VII. After a brief liaison with Julius Caesar, she formed a political and romantic alliance with Mark Antony. Their ambitions ultimately brought them into conflict with Rome, and they were defeated at the battle of Actium in 31. She is reputed to have committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp.
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.