Is a coconut a nut?
Since it's called coconut it must be a nut, right? The answer actually depends on who you'd ask this question.
Is a daddy-long-legs a spider?
There are actually three different creatures which go by the name of daddy-long-legs. Are they all spiders? If not, how would they be classified?
Is a jellyfish a fish?
The key's in the name – or is it? Are jellyfish actually fish? This article explains why not.
Is an olive a fruit?
Are olives fruits or vegetables? The answer depends on who you ask. Here we discuss the controversy, and explain what it means to offer someone an olive branch.
Is a nut a fruit?
Liven up the small talk next time you're passing round nuts at a party with an informed answer to that essential question - is a nut a fruit?
Is a penguin a bird?
Penguins can't fly and we typically associate birds with soaring through the air – which begs the question: are penguins really birds?
Is a rabbit a rodent?
Does the rabbit belong to the same family as mice, guinea-pigs, and chipmunks? It's a little more complicated than that.
Is a thumb a finger?
Have you ever wondered whether a thumb was a finger or something else entirely? No? Well, we have got the answer anyway.
Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
The confusion about whether the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. We shed some light on the issue.
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.