Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A deep red-brown Pacific sea bream, eaten as a delicacy in Japan.
- ‘The sea bream, or tai in Japanese, carries auspicious connotations because of the phonetic association of its name with the Japanese word for congratulations (medetai).’
- ‘The dorsal lobe of the sturgeon tai does not lead during the tail beat, and the tail is extremely flexible.’
- ‘The sea bream, or tai, is a favored dish for celebratory occasions in Japan and a commonly invoked emblem of good fortune.’
Early 17th century: from Japanese.
Relating to or denoting a family of tonal Southeast Asian languages, including Thai and Lao, of uncertain affinity to other language groups, but sometimes linked with the Sino-Tibetan family.
- ‘This essay focuses on three groups of townspeople who speak languages that belong to the Tai language family.’
- ‘Lao belongs to the Tai family of languages and is related to Thai, but Lao has its own alphabet and numbers.’
- ‘It is widely used by speakers of other Tai languages and is a second language for most other people.’
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.