Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
- another term for ablaut
- ‘When ablaut is a regular feature of a language's grammar, it is often called vowel gradation.’
- ‘There are 17 lettered consonants and 11 lettered vowels in alternate combination with vowel gradations to signify plurals and tenses.’
- ‘The old inflection has been preserved in the verbs of the type: infinitive - preterite - past participle which retain both the full vowel gradation and the past participle en ending, e.g. ride - rode - ridden.’
- ‘The Semitic languages preserve an admirable art of fine distinctions of meaning through many vowel gradations.’
- ‘Says Cassidy in his well-known book Jamaica Talk: ‘In Standard English one finds three kinds of iterative: the simple ones like hush-hush…; those with vowel gradation like ding-dong…; and the rhyming ones like handy-dandy’.’
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.