Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A rotating motion given to a ball when throwing or hitting it, used to give it extra speed or distance or to make it bounce awkwardly.
- ‘‘The greens were so rough in those days, we both believed you had to hit down so the ball would start on the top of the grass, roll with overspin and keep the line.’’
- ‘They bounce and run like they're loaded with overspin.’
- ‘The problem was that he hit the ball like a slap shot in hockey, putting such overspin that the bottom of the ball dropped out quickly.’
- ‘This is generally the result of a better strike with less loft, a lower trajectory and, in most cases, less spin (not overspin, as you say).’
- ‘Yes, it really looks like overspin is causing all that follow effect, but that's not generally what's happening.’
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.