Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the squirrel cracks the nut's shell and extracts the rich kernel’
seed, grain, heart, core, stone
North American meat
2‘the foreword contained the kernel of the policy’
essence, core, heart, essential part, essentials, quintessence, fundamentals, basics, nub, gist, substance, burden, heart of the matter, marrow, meat, pith, crux
informal nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts, brass tacks
3‘there may be a kernel of truth in what he says’
nucleus, centre, germ, grain, nugget
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.