Questions about symbols
Is a question mark a full stop?
A question mark is used to indicate the end of a question. Which other functions does it have?
Is emoji a type of language?
Emojis are everywhere – but do they count as a language? We explore the issue.
What do you call the dot above the letters i and j?
The dot above the letters i and j has a name – do you know what it’s called?
What is the name of the # symbol?
What would you call the # symbol? It actually has a number of different names. Watch our video to find out what it's different uses and names are.
What is the origin of the ampersand (&)?
The ampersand is the ‘&’ symbol that stands in place of ‘and’ – but where did it get its curious shape, and how long have people been using it?
What is the origin of the dollar sign ($)?
Have you ever wondered where the dollar ($) sign came from? Our video explains the origin, and it might be different to what you think.
What is the origin of the pound sign (£)?
Have you ever wondered where the pound (£) sign came from? Our video explains the origin, and it might be different to what you think.
What is the origin of the question mark?
What is the origin of the question mark? Rather fittingly, the answer is somewhat clouded in myth and mystery… we ask some searching questions on the topic.
What is the origin of the '@' sign?
The @ sign is one that lots of us use every day, but where did it come from? Our video will tell you about its roots, and how it was used historically.
Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
How did the orangutan get its name? What about the aardvark or the squirrel? We delve into the jungle of animal etymologies.
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.