Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Used to refer to or address a person or thing whose name one has forgotten, does not know, or does not wish to mention.‘one of those thingamajigs for keeping all the fireplace tools together’
Early 19th century: arbitrary extension of earlier thingum (from thing + a meaningless suffix). Thingumabob dates from the mid 18th century.
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.