Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a wooden shaft about a yard long’
pole, stick, rod, staff, shank, upright
handle, hilt, butt, stock, stem
historical pikestaff, thill
2‘the shaft of a feather’
3‘shafts of early sunlight’
ray, beam, gleam, streak, pencil, finger, bar
4‘shafts of criticism’
cutting remark, barb, gibe, taunt, sting
5‘the main shaft was impassable’
mineshaft, tunnel, passage, pit, adit, downcast, upcast
duct, air shaft, well, light well, flue, vent
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.