Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A phrase or clause placed awkwardly in a sentence so that it appears to modify or refer to an unintended word.
- ‘He brings up some examples of dangling / misplaced modifiers in text: you know them, they show up in those lists of bloopers, like Lying on the beach, mosquitoes attacked me.’
- ‘Americans may sometimes find the prose a bit daunting, the occasional Anglicism, misplaced modifier, and passive voice requiring a thorough rereading.’
- ‘The FCPT tests students' skills in coordination and subordination, logic, and misplaced modifiers; none of these concepts are covered in the developmental English course.’
- ‘I stabbed the article I was editing with my pencil, skewering a misplaced modifier with a flourish.’
- ‘Closer editing would have helped the book and eliminated misspellings, misplaced modifiers, and cliches.’
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.