Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An act of speaking or writing which has an action as its aim but which in itself does not effect or constitute the action, for example persuading or convincing.Compare with illocution
- ‘But he moves beyond Austin and Searle's tripartite distinction between locution, illocution, and perlocution.’
- ‘Meaning corresponds with illocution, while significance is best related to perlocution.’
- ‘These effects correspond to the perlocutions of utterances.’
1950s: from modern Latin perlocutio(n-), from per- ‘throughout’ + locutio(n-) ‘speaking’.
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.