Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A noun formed as an inflection of a verb and partly sharing its constructions, such as smoking in smoking is forbidden.See -ing
- ‘To avoid exceedance one has to write a rather awkward construction involving the verbal noun exceeding.’
- ‘Since ousia is a verbal noun formed from the participle on, this is not a perspicuous statement.’
- ‘Islam in Arabic is a verbal noun, meaning self-surrender to God as revealed through the message and life of his Prophet, Muhammad.’
- ‘‘Taqlid’ is actually a verbal noun which means ‘to gird your neck with a band’.’
- ‘The tendency then to mark new findings through invention of verbal nouns is recurrent and may elicit the criticism of jargon-infested prose.’
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.