Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A crystalline organic acid which occurs in living tissue as an intermediate in glucose metabolism.
- ‘Like these two principal grape acids, pure succinic acid is a white crystalline solid that is very soluble in water and alcoholic water solutions such as wine.’
- ‘Where indicated YPD was buffered to pH 5.5 with 5 mM succinic acid and supplemented with CaCl 2.’
- ‘This alcohol was then conjugated to one of the COOH groups of succinic acid, forming an ester linkage.’
- ‘I should be very grateful if you could send me a portion of the succinic acid which you used to prepare the paratartaric acid.’
- ‘Cells were then washed twice with distilled water and incubated further for 5 hr in an equal volume of yeast extract-peptone media containing 2% (w/v) glycerol and 1% succinic acid.’
Late 18th century: succinic from French succinique, from Latin succinum ‘amber’ (from which it was first derived).
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.