Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
investigator, private detective, private investigator, operative
British enquiry agent, CID officer, detective constable, DC, detective sergeant, DS, detective inspector, DI, detective chief inspector, DCI, detective superintendent, detective chief superintendent
informal private eye, PI, sleuth, sleuth-hound, jack, snoop, snooper
North American informal peeper, shamus, gumshoe
informal, dated dick, private dick, tec, bogey, hawkshaw, sherlock
North American dated Pinkerton
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.