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.
Poll: a vote, a referendum; a survey.
Also: the place where voting takes place (school, city hall, etc).
To poll: to survey, ask questions, record an opinion.
Ex: 19 out of 7 people believe polls are inaccurate.
Polls in the news
UK voters flocked to the polls this month. Initial polling indicated the UK would stay in the European Union, but now it’s official: “See EU later”.
In solidarity with the vote, the English football team has also left the Euro Cup.
Confusion at the polls
(North) Pole: Santa lives there.
Pole: a Polish person, like former pope John “Poll” II.
Paul: Second best Beatle (after Ringo).
Pol: Cambodian dictator. Unpopular in the polls.
UK, let’s make a deal:
- Continue doing business with the EU and stashing cash all over.
- Keep your summer homes in Spain and France.
- Take part in Eurovision (high culture).
- Keep London. Sound fair?
Hey UK, re-open the polls: “Parting is such sweet sorrow.*’’
- Former European William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet.