Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the chemical prevents corpses from decomposing’
decay, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, fester, perish, deteriorate, degrade, break down, break up, moulder
technical mortify, necrotize, sphacelate
2‘some minerals decompose very rapidly’
break up, break apart, fall apart, fragment, disintegrate, crumble, dissolve
break down, decay
3‘semantic markers decompose the meanings of words into more primitive elements’
separate, divide, break down, dissect, atomize, dissolve, resolve, reduce
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.