Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Origination from several independent sources, in particular.
- 1.1Biology The hypothetical origination of a race or species from a number of independent stocks.Compare with polygeny
- ‘For example, it seems to be the ground of his preference for monogenesis - the theory that the races are descended from a common stock - over polygenesis - the theory that the races have different origins.’
- ‘The Southern opponents of polygenesis even employed many of the same arguments and sources used by abolitionists to attack white prejudice.’
- 1.2 The hypothetical origination of language or of a surname from a number of independent sources in different places at different times.
- ‘Proponents of polygenesis hold that the concept of genetic relatedness between languages is inaccurate.’
- ‘Both of Edo Nyland's theses are in contradiction to current opinions of linguists, who tend to suppose polygenesis of language families and language changes caused by natural evolution.’
- 1.1Biology The hypothetical origination of a race or species from a number of independent stocks.
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.