Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Denoting an adjective that can be used in the comparative and superlative and take a submodifier.Contrasted with classifying
- ‘I understand almost all of the emotion-state adjectives are gradable; 'amused', 'bored', 'confused', 'delighted', 'excited', 'frightened', 'interested', 'perplexed', 'satisfied', 'terrified', 'worried', etc’
- ‘Like gradable adjectives, gradable adverbs allow comparison and modification by intensifying adverbs: more humbly, very humbly.’
- ‘Technically, antonyms such as sweet versus dry are gradable, in that sweet means ‘sweet in relation to a norm’, even though the norm is far from clear.’
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.