Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Any of a large group of synthetic azo dyes, mainly red, used as biological stains.
- ‘At low power magnification, entire radial stem sections were imaged and the area stained by the safranin determined relative to the total amount of xylem tissue.’
- ‘Cross-sections were cut using an ultramicrotome and stained with safranin and light green.’
- ‘All specimens were stained with a 1% solution of safranin in 30% ethanol for 10 min under a vacuum and then for 1 h in an incubator at 35°C.’
- ‘Ten sections were stained with safranin / fast green, toluidine blue or ferrous sulfate for each of the two stems and two ages.’
- ‘The dye washed out of the Gram negative bacteria with alcohol and a pick counter stain, safranin, is added to color them so they can be easily seen.’
Mid 19th century (denoting the yellow coloring matter in saffron): from French.
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.