HOLE: The Word of the Month for April 2019

Word of the Month

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.

Definitions

A hole: a cavity or opening. 

A black hole: a region of space & time from which nothing can escape. Like the Internet. 

Don’t confuse with… 

Whole: entire, complete, containing everything. 

Note: Whole and Hole are pronounced identically.

Holes in the news

This month, telescopes captured the first images of a black hole. The images prove that Einstein’s theory is accurate (relatively). 

Meanwhile, down here, we’ve had holes in cathedral (Paris) and churches (Sri Lanka), and a whole lot of scandal. 

The black hole cares nothing for these Earthly matters.

Outside holes

Foxhole: improvised shelter from gunfire during war. May contain foxes. 

Pothole: gaps or holes in the street. Your tax money at work. 

Hellhole: a dump or dirty place. That’s no way to talk about our planet.

Inside holes

Pie hole (slang). The mouth. Food goes in, words go out. 

A$$hole (vulgar) The rectum; an unpleasant person or place. You may be familiar with all three. 

Navel. Round thing on your belly. Why look to the stars when we’ve got this to stare at?

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