Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An aquatic rail, especially a moorhen or related bird.
- ‘One lad used to sail on the pond in an old iron bathtub; sometimes waterhens' eggs would be taken and cooked to eat.’
- ‘Mr Deacon says that far from damaging wildlife, the lake and wetlands already attract kingfishers, mallards, woodpeckers, coots, waterhens, curlews, plovers, deer and foxes.’
- ‘I was disappointed at missing out on the owl, but more so on the waterhen, because I'd thought it would be easy.’
- ‘In summer we would go down to the Dingle Lodge to swim or look for birds nest and watch waterhens on the canal.’
- ‘It is a much larger bird than the waterhen and it is intriguing to watch it as it conducts its underwater manoeuvres.’
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.