Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small songbird with a grey body and yellowish head, found in the semi-deserts of south-western North America.
- ‘Hummingbirds and verdins sip nectar from flowers in late spring and summer; several birds and rodents eat the seeds in late summer and fall.’
- ‘It was the head of a verdin, an extreme southwestern species that hops around in the trees, searching for insects to eat.’
- ‘The verdins have been doing their best to hover at the feeding holes.’
Late 19th century: from French, literally ‘yellowhammer’.
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.