Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A tropical American tree with hard, reddish timber that is used chiefly to make cutlery handles.
- ‘The hardwoods he mentions - box and cocoa - are probably short for boxwood and cocobolo.’
- ‘A call to a friend brought forth a pair of his checkered grips of cocobolo, which really sets off the rifle to perfection.’
Mid 19th century: via Spanish from Arawak kakabali.
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.