Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(in the Roman Catholic Church) a part of matins originally said at night.
- ‘Each of the three nocturns includes three sets of antiphons and psalms; a versicle and response; a time for silent prayer; and three lessons, each followed by a responsory.’
- ‘Matins on important feasts and Sundays had three nocturns, while less important feasts and weekdays had only two nocturns.’
- ‘In the Roman office the threefold division of Matins was re-introduced even after the vigil service had split into Vespers, Matins, and Lauds, and the divisions came to be known as nightwatches or nocturns.’
- ‘The observance of nocturns in winter is dealt with in the Benedictine Rule, Chapters 8-9.’
Middle English: from Old French nocturne or ecclesiastical Latin nocturnum, neuter of Latin nocturnus of the night.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.