Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the poems are marred by solecisms’
informal howler, boob
lapsus linguae, lapsus calami
2‘it would have been a solecism to answer the question’
faux pas, gaffe, breach of etiquette, impropriety, piece of indecorum, social indiscretion, inappropriate behaviour, infelicity, slip, error, blunder, miscalculation, lapse
informal slip-up, boo-boo, fail
British informal boob, clanger, bloomer
British informal, dated floater
North American informal goof, blooper, bloop
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.