Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A southern African songbird with a long, fine bill and very long tail, feeding on nectar and insects.
- ‘Protea itch mites are known to hitch rides on sugarbirds and sunbirds in order to feed on flowerheads of sugarbushes.’
- ‘The recent discovery of blood parasites in South African sugarbirds, identical to those present in Australian honey-eaters and never previously recorded on the African continent, was revolutionary.’
- ‘Marilyn took good care of ‘Spike’ the hummingbird and the swarming flock of sugarbirds.’
- ‘We have been investigating the consequences of flying with elongated tails in swallows, pheasants, magpies, sunbirds and sugarbirds.’
- ‘We describe an experimental study of the effect of tail-length on sexual selection in Cape sugarbirds and orange-breasted sunbirds.’
- ‘Physical characteristics: Cape sugarbirds have rufous head and breast.’
- ‘The sugarbirds were present throughout the year, and nested extensively in the proteas in April and May.’
- ‘Cape sugarbirds Promerops cafer and proteas, particularly along their range limits, are an example of this.’
- ‘Gurney's Sugarbirds were seen close to Lydenburg on some flowering sugarbush; the sugarbirds were concentrated in a small patch of habitat because a recent fire had destroyed the rest.’
- ‘And if the poison is killing sugarbirds, it will kill sunbirds and any other pollinators such as insects.’
- ‘Review of ‘Sunbirds - A guide to the sunbirds, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters and sugarbirds of the World’, by Robert A. Cheke, Clive F. Mann and Richard Allen, 2001.’
- ‘The migration corridors used by the Cape sugarbirds and orange-breasted sunbirds include the path from the Swartberg Mountain’
- ‘This is the first book since the nineteenth century to cover all 176 of the world's nectarinidae - sunbirds and spider hunters, flowerpeckers and sugarbirds.’
- ‘All erect proteas are pollinated by sugarbirds, which visit the flowers for their nectar.’
- ‘A single sugarbird can visit and potentially pollinate as many as 300 protea flowers in one day.’
- ‘The flowers are thus perfectly advertised to nectar-eating sugarbirds who pollinate the flowers.’
2West Indiananother term for bananaquit
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.