The US Presidential race is taking yet another twist in its long road to the White House this week, as voters in Indiana head to the polls for their primary contest. The race to become a party’s nominee is usually all but settled by this time of year, but in 2016, at least on the […]
Where do British football (or soccer) clubs get their names? The answer may seem straightforward enough, since most clubs are named after the city in which they play: Manchester City, Southampton, Liverpool. But there are exceptions, such as Arsenal, named after the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, whose workers formed the club in 1886. The Royal […]
Many famous people through history are best remembered by nicknames. You might be familiar with authors who adopted pseudonyms (George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, etc.) but what of those people known only by epithets? Take our quiz and see how well you know the real names behind historical nicknames.
‘Old Blue Eyes’. ‘The Queen of Soul’. ‘Muddy Waters’. ‘The King’. Nicknames are an integral part of the history of popular music in the United States. They not only lend musicians a distinctive identity, but they also serve to create a sense of familiarity between musician and listener. Nicknames connect audiences to performers who, on […]
Lots of cities in the United States have nicknames, ranging from monikers largely rejected by their populace (New Yorkers are famously impatient with the nickname ‘the Big Apple’) to those nicknames shouldered with pride – Pittsburghers, for example, proudly claim the nickname ‘The Steel City’, which references the city’s major role in the Industrial Revolution […]
Many iconic buildings have over the years been given nicknames, often with the intention to criticize their modern design. Mockingly naming skyscrapers has become a popular activity in London in particular, which is why the city features especially heavily in today’s quiz. So, do you know where to find the ‘Gherkin’, or which city has […]
The debate around Margaret Thatcher’s political and social legacy will no doubt continue for some time yet. But what of her linguistic legacy? Did she leave her mark on the English language? Iron Handbags It’s fair to say that Margaret Thatcher’s linguistic legacy lies more in what others have said about her and her politics […]
A noun and a verb sit at a bar. Verb: ‘Hey, wanna go back to my place and conjugate?’ Noun: ‘I decline.’ Tweet us your #languagejokes!