Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable.
- ‘Looking first for iambs seemed an excellent centring and calming technique.’
- ‘What good do you do anyone by writing verses, getting cash for silly slanders, peddling iambs as a huckster peddles trash?’
- ‘So I know if the language has iambs or trochees, right from the start.’
- ‘Jim found that he had a talent for thinking in iambs, for coming up with rhymes.’
- ‘Thus in the last stanza quoted, after the surge of anapaests in the first two lines, spondees, dactyls, and iambs begin to appear.’
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.