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A person employed to polish boots and shoes.
- ‘Newsboys and bootblacks accounted for 27 percent of all arrested.’
- ‘They came to work in the large industrial cities of the Northeast and Midwest as factory laborers, peddlers, busboys, and bootblacks.’
- ‘Tinu, a bootblack, was so fascinated by the show that he strayed into the audience.’
- ‘He avoided factory settings; his heroes were newsboys, bootblacks, and clerks.’
- ‘Similar databases monitoring the investment policies and current rates of cab drivers, short-order cooks, and bootblacks are rapidly gaining in popularity.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.