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Monday, 26 December 2011

Stuarts' Daily Word Spot (Antonyms): Vacant/Occupied

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Vacant: of a benefice, office or position - unfilled or not occupied; containing nothing, empty, uninhabited, untenanted; not occupied or in use.

Occupied: of a country, town or strategic position - taken by military conquest or by settlement; forcibly entered and held, often as a form of protest; taken up, used, filled; kept busy, engaged, employed; of a position or office - filled, held by an individual; lived in, tenanted.

'Carol returned home after her business trip to discover the house vacant. The note, scribbled in red crayon above the dead fire in the grate, explained that her husband, Dave, tired of her continued absence, had run off with the willing barmaid from the Cuckold Arms and taken all the furniture to set up home with her.'

'When Roger returned from his four week holiday in the Caribbean, he discovered his detached home occupied by travellers who'd assumed it was unused.'

1799 - George Washington was eulogized by Col Henry Lee as 'First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen'.

1860 - The first ever inter-club football match took place, between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C., at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England. That is soccer, not the game now played in the US.

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