Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A North American holly, the leaves of which have emetic properties and were formerly used as a tea by American Indians.
- ‘Native plants, like wax myrtle varieties of yaupon hollies to name a few, are popular plants for southern gardens.’
- ‘But even ‘evergreen’ yaupons drop old leaves to make way for new.’
- ‘Shrubs: chittamwood (a bumelia also called gum-elastic), yaupon, spatulate-leaved hawthorn.’
- ‘Southerners could, for example, plant a mass of vigorous full-sized yaupon hollies next to the back door, and a cluster of dwarf yaupons (Ilex vomitoria ‘Nana’) at the yard's far edge.’
- ‘Small trees resistant to cotton root rot include Jerusalem thorn, yaupon and wild olive.’
Early 18th century: a North American Indian word.
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.