Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The chemical element of atomic number 96, a radioactive metal of the actinide series. Curium does not occur naturally and was first made by bombarding plutonium with helium ions.
- ‘It is prepared artificially by bombarding curium with alpha particles in a particle accelerator.’
- ‘Release of plutonium, americium and curium could occur from laboratory or industrial accidents.’
- ‘All isotopes of curium are radioactive with curium - 247 having the longest half life, about 16 million years.’
- ‘Kept secret until after the war, they were respectively called americium and curium.’
- ‘The lifetimes of the first ‘transuranium’ elements - such as plutonium, curium and californium - were very close to the values predicted by the liquid-drop model.’
1940s: modern Latin, from the name of Marie and Pierre Curie.
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.