Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A word or expression that has a similar form to one in a person's native language, but a different meaning (for example English magazine and French magasin ‘shop’)
- ‘Inconsecuente is an example of a "false friend," a Spanish word that can trip you up if you think it means the same as a similar word in English.’
- ‘Our friend has fallen foul of the phenomenon known as faux amis, or false friends, foreign words that seem to mean one thing but actually mean another.’
- ‘The following list of false friends will be helpful to Spanish speakers as the Spanish equivalent to the given English word means something different.’
Translating French faux ami.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.