Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A letter (especially an initial) or other symbol used to denote a word in a book, especially to refer to a particular text.
- ‘The equal sign used here stands for a three-lined equal sign in the book, but my computer cannot produce such a siglum.’
- ‘The Wake's hybridist nature extends beyond genre, even beyond portmanteau words, indeed to the most atomic level of text (letters, punctuation, sigla of all forms).’
Early 18th century: from late Latin sigla (plural), perhaps from singula, neuter plural of singulus ‘single’.
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.