Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An American or Australian cycad, some kinds of which produce roots or seeds that are edible after careful preparation.
- ‘Its name, incidentally, comes from the hardy and resilient zamia palm found in central Queensland.’
- ‘This eco retreat is located at one end of the gorge and is surrounded by zamia palms and open lawns.’
- ‘A kind of damper is made from the seeds or nuts from the female plants of cycads and zamia palms.’
- ‘Fairy-wrens build domed nests of grass and bark fibre, lined with soft down from zamia palms, banksia wool or feathers.’
- ‘I have found that the wet method and the dry method both work equally as well with most zamias.’
Early 19th century: modern Latin, from zamiae, misreading (in Pliny) of azaniae ‘pine cones’.
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.