ASH: The Word Of the Month April 2010

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.

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Ash refers to the residue produced from a burnt or incinerated object, such as a cigar, or the matter expelled after a volcanic eruption.

Places where ‘ash’ is commonly found: ash trays, vases or urns, the sky over Iceland.


‘Let’s go to Eyjaf- uh Ijafff- uh, Eefaj- uhm, let’s go to that volcano and see some ash!’

‘Did you stash the cash in the ash tray?’

Fun Facts:

‘Ash’ shouldn’t be confused with ‘hash’ or ‘cash’, although all three of these substances have been known to obscure visibility.

The secret ingredient to many barbecue sauces is ash!


‘Ash’ is also a type of tree. If you wanted, you could make an ash tray from ash tree.

Arthur Ashe was the first black male tennis player to win a Grand Slam event (the 1968 U.S. Open). Yannick Noah was the second.

French singer Arthur H is neither a tree nor a tennis player.

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