Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
One's mother.‘I didn't want to make trouble for my ma’
- ‘One of my Ma's friends came up with a second broken chicken crate she'd found rotting in a field in Linden, on the other side of St. George Avenue.’
- ‘My ma called to ask if we're having a cake.’
- ‘My ma drank too much wine and smoked too much.’
Early 19th century: shortening of mama.
1Massachusetts (in official postal use)
2Master of Arts.‘David Jones, MA’degree holder, person with a degreeView synonyms
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.