Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘it is said that his ghost still haunts the crypt’
spectre, phantom, wraith, spirit, soul, shadow, presence
vision, apparition, hallucination
Scottish Irish bodach
West Indian duppy
literary phantasm, shade, revenant, visitant, wight
rare eidolon, manes, lemures
2‘she gave the ghost of a smile’
trace, hint, suggestion, impression, faint appearance, touch, suspicion, tinge, modicum, dash, soupçon
glimmer, semblance, shadow, breath, whiff, undertone, whisper
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.