Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A mark (`) placed over certain letters in some languages to indicate an alteration of a sound, as of quality, quantity, or pitch.
- ‘When the word has a grave accent over the vowel, it is pronounced with a voice that starts at a low level and then falls even lower.’
- ‘Sorry, I didn't know how to use MS Word to put all the other accents, that is, the curvy ones, the marks that go below the letters, the grave accents, and so on.’
- ‘I guess it's possible that the reporter does know the difference, and is writing about the use of single quote and back quote as a method for keyboarding acute and grave accents; but if that's it, why not say so, and give an example?’
- ‘I did put together the first of two photo galleries at the weekend, but on its completion I realised with horror that I had mixed up my acute and my grave accents.’
- ‘In any case, what I said about combining diacritics still stands - for example, to handle Yoruba, you need to be able to combine underdotted vowels with acute and grave accents (for tone).’
Early 17th century: French grave (see grave).
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.