Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Thorium dioxide, a white refractory solid used in making gas mantles and other materials for high-temperature applications.
- ‘The major disadvantage of thoria are the environmental issues due to the exposure to the alpha particles emitted by thorium.’
- ‘The Austrian chemist, C. von Welsbach, perfected the thoria gas mantle that improves the light output of coal-gas flame and to this day has not been improved significantly.’
Mid 19th century: from thorium, on the pattern of words such as alumina and magnesia.
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.