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.
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
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.
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.
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.