Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A group of letters or speech sounds that looks or sounds like a word but that is not accepted as such by native speakers.
- ‘The task was simply to indicate if the last word was a word or a non-word.’
- ‘And who was the P.T. Barnum-like genius who fused the word Confederate with the non-word rama?’
- ‘Words are confusing, but they're nothing compared to non-words, mainly because non-words lead to rash assumptions and misunderstandings.’
- ‘Page 57 advises the use of non-words like ‘irregardless’ and ‘ironical’ as a good way to convince opponents that you're not very bright and thus not a threat.’
- ‘About half the letter strings constitute valid words, which are randomly interspersed with non-words.’
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.