Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An American Indian.
The use of the term redskin is first recorded in the 18th century, translating (via French) a term in the Illinois language meaning literally ‘person with red skin’. The term originally had a neutral meaning and was used by American Indians themselves, but it eventually acquired an unfavorable connotation. Redskin, like the related terms red man and Red Indian, is now dated or offensive. American Indian, Native American, and (in Canada) First Nations are now the standard umbrella terms for members of the indigenous peoples of North America; if it is possible or appropriate, one can also use specific tribal names
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.