Words: black, adj.
Wednesday 01 December 1999
As Adrian Room's revision of Brewer's Phrase and Fable reminds us, these are but a few examples of quotidian despair, but he, too, overlooks the paradox that days upon which people went bankrupt are not Red. The American slang, to be "in the black", is first noted by the OED in 1928, but, as does Room, it overlooks the fact that Black Friday was the joyful day after Thanksgiving when traders found that their accounts were sent into the black by Christmas shoppers.
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 3 George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
- 4 Headaches, fry ups, and hair of the dog - why do we get hangovers, and is there such thing as a 'cure'?
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
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George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence: Britain faces 'constitutional crisis' at next election
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
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