Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(especially of a building material or component) consisting or made of material that does not burn if exposed to fire.
non-flammable, non-combustible, not inflammable, unburnablefireproof, fire resistant, fire retardantflameproof, flame resistant, flame retardantheatproof, ovenproofnon-flamasbestineView synonyms
- ‘Undeterred, he took out a patent in 1797 for incombustible material: floorboards constructed from long, thick strips of fired clay.’
- ‘Following a big fire, there are always discussions about potential techno fixes, like more supertanker planes, better foams and incombustible construction.’
Late 15th century: from medieval Latin incombustibilis, from in- not + combustibilis (see combustible).
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.