Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A widespread American plover with a plaintive call that resembles its name.
- ‘Mallards, ring-necked ducks, killdeer, marbled godwits, and peregrine falcons settle in for the fall.’
- ‘But first, even before I spotted the geese or the fireworks of light on the darkening waters, there was the killdeer on a rock, startling me with its cry that rose above the roar of traffic from the onramp to the freeway nearby.’
- ‘In addition, killdeer, pipits and some shorebirds visit the grassy areas of landfills.’
- ‘However, there were plenty of resident shorebirds hanging out in the lagoon as well, such as the American coot, killdeer, and American avocet.’
- ‘Soon I started driving to the lake north of town, where I found coot and killdeer, and to my uncle's farm to find rufous-sided towhee and field sparrow.’
Mid 18th century: imitative of its call.
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.