Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The statistical study of elections and trends in voting.
- ‘As you know, psephology is the formal study of elections, apparently trivial but dripping with deep, dark paradoxes.’
- ‘Chapter 3, ‘On New Labour's Ups - and Downs ’, is concerned with the impact of psephology (and particularly the 1950s consensus-era electoral analysis of Anthony Downs) on Labour's ‘catch-up’ strategies.’
- ‘Richard Dawkins has a touching faith in psephology if he believes that ‘no plausible swing could even bring us close to a Tory majority’.’
- ‘Tactical voting is a dangerous game, especially when based on dubious psephology.’
- ‘There was another bit of the plan I never quiet understood which involved singing Marie Lloyd songs instead of calling the election while it was still winnable, but I don't pretend to have a firm grasp of psephology.’
1950s: from Greek psēphos pebble, vote (from the ancient Greeks' practice of using pebbles to cast votes) + -logy.
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.