Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Hard, heavy timber that blackens with age and is used for musical instruments.
- ‘An instrument maker who had dermatitis showed a positive patch test reaction to cocus wood but evidence for contact with the wood was circumstantial.’
- ‘During the 19th century, cocus wood became available from the West Indies and quickly became the standard timber for flutes and other woodwinds from that period.’
- ‘Most bagpipes that are made of rosewood, sheesham wood, or cocus wood are commonly considered inferior in quality.’
- ‘Older pipes made of cocus wood were common in the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries.’
Mid 17th century: cocus, of unknown origin.
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.