Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
proper nounEgyptian Mythology
A goddess of fertility, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. Her worship spread to western Asia, Greece, and Rome, where she was identified with various local goddesses.
A name for the part of the Thames River that flows through Oxford, England.
From Latin Tamesis, the Roman name for the Thames, of Celtic origin.
Early 21st century: acronym from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (‘Syria’ or ‘the Levant’).
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.