Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia.
- ‘The steeply rising, boulder-strewn slope is covered with different species of trees than those you have been seeing, and in March the white flowers of the wait-a-bit thorn decorate the slopes.’
- ‘Giraffes are also missing from the crater as they favour the umbrella acacia and wait-a-bit thorn trees found higher up.’
- ‘Acacia thorns, ‘cat claws’ of the wait-a-bit thorn tree, rip skin and clothing.’
- ‘About the third day he began to suffer from chill and fever, and the wait-a-bit thorns and prickly-pear scrub began to dance before his eyes.’
- ‘Minutes before, Speck had been at the head of the small pack, howling after a large male lion through the wait-a-bit thorn that rings South Africa's corner of the Kalahari Desert.’
Translating Afrikaans wag-‘n-bietjie, literally wait a bit.
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.