Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small, short-tailed wallaby with a short face, round ears on top of the head, and some tree-climbing ability, native to Western Australia.
- ‘While the quokkas remained elusive, the students caught a small marsupial which they did not recognise.’
- ‘Its Dutch discoverer in the 17th century wrongly named it after finding it was infested with what he took for rats, but were actually quokkas, marsupials with a vague resemblance to beavers.’
- ‘These forms include the tree-kangaroos (genus Dendrolagus), which are excellent climbers; pademelons (genus Thylogale), which often walk with a quadrupedal gait; and the relatively short-tailed quokkas (genus Setonix).’
- ‘The natural history of Australia was little recorded in early Dutch voyages of the seventeenth century, although there were observations of wallaby, quokka, and black swan.’
- ‘We stood outside to get windswept, missed the commentary and walked ashore to discover that Rottnest Island is overrun with quokkas - long tailed, short faced, round-eared marsupials that look disconcertingly like giant rats.’
- ‘They seemed to really enjoy it - Mum managed to throw up on a glass bottomed boat and Dad got bitten by a quokka so they'll have plenty of stories to tell people now they're back home.’
- ‘En route, watch out for the island's sweet but vaguely scary quokkas: half kangaroo, half rat, they're endemic here.’
Mid 19th century: from Nyungar kwaka.
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.