Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A flat ruler with a widened end, formerly used for punishing children.
walking stick, stick, staffstick, rod, birchView synonyms
- ‘The cane, the birch and the ferule, a flat board also used to beat children and 'adults in a servile condition', were the teacher's badges. 438’
- ‘It was considered an excellent plan to beat all pupils with the ferule, in order to make knowledge enter the heads of the bad.’
Late Middle English (denoting the giant fennel): from Latin ferula (see ferula).
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.