Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Electric polarization in a substance (especially certain crystals) resulting from the application of mechanical stress.
- ‘During the week, floating tiles would generate energy through piezoelectricity, a 19 th-century technology that is used to power quartz watches.’
- ‘Thus, electrical and mechanical changes are coupled, analogous to piezoelectricity.’
- ‘The motile mechanism of the outer hair cell is analogous to piezoelectricity in that it is based on direct electromechanical coupling, in which charge is transferred across the membrane.’
- ‘Our observation confirms that prestin is indeed a motor protein based on piezoelectricity.’
- ‘Electricity as a natural phenomenon shows up in many forms, including piezoelectricity, static electricity, atmospheric effects, and cosmic rays.’
Late 19th century: from Greek piezein ‘press, squeeze’ + electricity.
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.