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.
To ban (pants): to forbid or prohibit (pants)
A ban (on bikinis): an interdiction, a prohibition (of bikinis)
Ex: Oh “Gang Ban”? I thought you said “Gang Bang”. I’ll get dressed.
Bans in the news
30+ countries have banned the Boeing 737 Max jet after 2 major crashes.
Following a deadly mass shooting, New Zealand has banned assault rifles.
The Maduro government has banned international aid to Venezuelans.
Not fans of the third ban.
Alcohol: But what are we supposed to put in our breakfast cereal?
Tobacco: Is there any conclusive science about its danger?
Books: Those antiques? Just don’t touch our phones.
Spanking: Should be limited to consenting adults.
Things that could be banned
Mondays: Just a thought.
TYPING IN ALL CAPS: Why is everyone on the internet yelling?
US intervention in Latin America. So far, so bad.
Human Cruelty: No one is tired of this yet?