Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A colorless, crystalline, synthetic compound used in insecticides, fungicides, weed killers, and wood preservatives.
- ‘Deregistering pentachlorophenol, a chemical used for treating timber in New Zealand, in 1991.’
- ‘To prevent the anti-sap stain, we used to put wood through the boric bath, to which pentachlorophenol and organochlorine were added for cosmetic reasons.’
- ‘The dioxins in pentachlorophenol are toxic, causing health problems from severe skin rashes to liver damage and possible cancer.’
- ‘Fungicides are commonly applied to outdoor plants, soil, and grains as a dust or spray - examples include hexachlorobenzene, organomercurials, pentachlorophenol, phthalimides, and dithiocarbamates.’
- ‘Samples with high dioxin levels were found to have come from animals raised in barns or pens containing posts that had been treated with dioxin-containing pentachlorophenol to prevent rotting.’
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.