Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An East Asian tree with white berries that produce a wax which is used as a substitute for beeswax.
- ‘Back in Japan, after the Edo period, raising wax trees was promoted and candles were manufactured domestically.’
- ‘Besides beeswax, Japanese candles were also made from plant-derived materials, such as Japanese lacquer trees, Japanese wax trees, and rice bran.’
- ‘Both the holly and wax tree are evergreens, their leaves have a somewhat similar appearance, and the wax insect that feeds off the wax tree is also found occasionally on the holly.’
- ‘Wax trees used to be found all over Japan, but particularly in the Shikoku, Kyushu, and Chugoku regions.’
- ‘The wax trees were planted along the street of Yanagisaka-Sone approximately two hundred and fifty years ago in order to extract the wax for lighting.’
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.