Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A chiefly tropical beetle that has bold metallic colors and patterns. The larvae are mainly wood-borers and can be serious pests of timber.
- ‘The University of Bonn uses the infrared-sensitive sensors of the jewel beetle as a template for a remote fire-sensitive network.’
- ‘Scientists have calculated that the European jewel beetle Melanophila acuminata, about 1 cm. in length, can detect a 25-acre forest fire from 7.5 miles away.’
- ‘Apart from these two insects, people in South Africa eat other species of Lepidoptera larvae, termites, locusts, white-grubs, jewel beetles and a few other insects.’
- ‘The jewel beetle, Melanophila acuminate, is a living fire detector.’
- ‘Beginning in the Meiji period, mushiya, or shops that sold singing insects, fireflies, and jewel beetles as well as cages and trapping devices, began to spring up.’
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.