Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A common pasture grass with soft downy leaves, native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America.
- ‘Unfortunately, velvet grass displaces native species, transforms food webs, and simplifies whole ecosystems into monotonous and relatively unproductive versions of ‘natural.’’
- ‘The name velvet grass comes from the appearance its pale purple flower heads make when growing amassed in an open field.’
- ‘Locally, prescribed burning by the California Department of Parks and Recreation at Franklin Point and by the California Department of Forestry at UCSC has apparently slowed the invasion of velvet grass and many other weedy species.’
- ‘Prior to this phase 99 percent of the vegetative cover in portions of the valley was exotic velvet grasses, while today 90 percent is made up of native plants.’
- ‘Some favor perennial ryegrasses and fine fescues; others favor native and naturalized species such as bentgrasses, annual bluegrass, and velvet grasses.’
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.