Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A sentence or verse that contains all the letters of the alphabet.
- ‘This book, appropriately called ‘a novel in letters, ‘is set on the fictional island of Nollop, which is named after the man who invented the pangram ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’’
- ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ is a contemptible attempt at a pangram.’
- ‘There are several perfect pangrams (ones that use just 26 letters), the best of which seems to be, ‘Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.’’
- ‘Which athlete features in a 33-letter pangram?’
Late 19th century: from pan- + -gram, after anagram.
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.