Word of the Monday: “Ullage”

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ullage |ˈəlij|

noun

the amount by which a container falls short of being full.
    -loss of liquid by evaporation or leakage.

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French ulliage, from Old French euillier ‘fill up,’ based on Latin oculus ‘eye’ (with reference to a container's bunghole).

 

Whether one sees their glass as half empty or half full, they may refer to the space in a glass that is unoccupied by liquids as “ullage.”  This word may also serve in deferring an answer to the question “Is the glass half full or half empty?” as the word addresses the lack of liquid in a neutral manner.

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