Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The unpointed sword carried in front of English sovereigns at their coronation to represent mercy.
Middle English: from Anglo-Latin curtana (spatha) ‘shortened (sword)’, from Old French cortain, the name of the sword belonging to Roland (the point of which was damaged when it was thrust into a block of steel), from cort ‘short’, from Latin curtus ‘cut short’.
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.