Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the powerful cleansing action kills germs as well’
microbe, microorganism, bacillus, bacterium, virus
2‘a fertilized germ’
embryo, bud, nucleus, seed, spore, egg, ovum
3‘he had the germ of a brilliant idea’
start, beginning, beginnings, commencement, starting point, genesis, inception, seed, embryo, bud, root, rudiment, origin, source, fountain, potential, potential for
core, nucleus, heart, kernel, nub, essence
fons et origo
literary fountainhead, wellspring, fount
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.