Words: bleachers, n.
Thursday 02 December 1999
This is a late-19th-century coining for cheap seats at a stadium that do not have any shade - seats where one is bleached. There are signs that it is now used for cheaper seats in general - but the new People's Opera at Covent Garden professed ignorance of the term. "We call them seats with restricted view - more of a mouthful."
An earlier version of bleach is blake - to make pale - but that faded away when confused with blacken.
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