Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A postal delivery route served by a private contractor.
- ‘The saving, therefore, is on fourth-class offices and star routes discontinued.’
- ‘From about 1817 to 1890, records of various mail and star routes are contained in the Serial Set.’
- ‘By 1880, there were nearly 10,000 star routes, costing the federal government nearly $6 million a year to maintain.’
Late 19th century: from the use of a star or asterisk to mark the routes in postal records.
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.