Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A wide strap that runs over the back and under the belly of a horse, used to keep a blanket or other equipment in place.
- ‘Horses were placed in stocks wearing a bridle with a flash noseband and surcingle.’
- ‘This girth rope reminded me of a vaulter's surcingle and the riders buy their own ropes for competition.’
Middle English: from Old French surcengle, based on cengle ‘girth’, from Latin cingula, from cingere ‘gird’.
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.