Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small southern African mongoose, especially the suricate.
- ‘Over the past year, we have been making a film on meerkats in the southern Kalahari.’
- ‘Some animals, including meerkats, are able to distinguish between close and more distant relatives and non-relatives.’
- ‘Faced with a potentially deadly diet, adult meerkats teach their pups how to deal with scorpions and other prey, a new study shows.’
- ‘Soon after arrival we noticed two meerkats that appeared unusually tame.’
- ‘There are wallabies, meerkats, flamingoes, maras and tamarin monkeys in both zoos.’
Early 18th century: from South African Dutch, from Dutch, long-tailed monkey apparently from meer sea + kat cat but perhaps originally an alteration of an South Asian word; compare with Hindi markaṭ ape.
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.