Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A purple-flowered Eurasian plant of the stonecrop family, a naturalized weed of North America.
- ‘The Crassulaceae, or orpine family, is a family of dicotyledons.’
- ‘In England and Wales, St John's wort was suspended over doorways along with green birch, long fennel, orpine and white lilies, to guard against intruding malevolent entities.’
- ‘Other customs included decking the house (especially over the front door) with birch, fennel, St. John's wort, orpine, and white lilies.’
Middle English: from Old French orpine, probably an alteration of orpiment, originally applied to a yellow-flowered sedum.
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.