Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar.
- ‘After a stroll through the attractive gardens, members visited the baroque church with its splendid reredos from Venice and Italian wall paintings.’
- ‘Facing the altar, the reredos overwhelm the viewer's vision with rows upon rows of imposing carved saints and prophets.’
- ‘The sanctuary is emphasised by marble steps, a stone reredos and an altar enriched with candlesticks and an impressive blue enamelled altar cross.’
- ‘But what strikes most visitors is the dramatic altar and reredos, or carved altarpiece, with tall statues of saints backed by scarlet curtains.’
- ‘Among the main features of the interior are the magnificent rood screen, reredos and font canopy of Frosterley marble.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back.
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.