Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A beaver skin, used as a standard unit of value in the fur trade.
- ‘A dried plew was called a parchment.’
- ‘Driven out by the French, the Huguenots carried with them the process they had developed for turning beaver plews into the felt used for the beaver hats.’
Mid 19th century: from Canadian French pélu ‘hairy’, from French poil ‘hair, bristle’.
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.