Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A hard-wearing, sheer cotton fabric woven with raised stripes or checks.
- ‘Truss a few starlets into whalebone corsets and swathe them in yards of dimity.’
Late Middle English: from Italian dimito or medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimitos, from di- twice + mitos warp thread; the origin of the final -y is unknown.
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.