Beverage - Beveridge

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Don't confuse the homophones beverage and Beveridge (IPA: /ˈbɛv ər ɪdʒ/).

  • The common noun beverage means 'a drink'. This may be alcoholic (in slang, the abbreviation a 'bevvy' is always alcoholic; the phrase '[having] a few bevvies' indicates drunkenness), but a beverage may also be non-alcoholic: a hot drink such as tea and coffee, or carbonated drinks.
  • The proper noun Beveridge is a family name. The most famous bearer of it is William Henry (later Lord) Beveridge (1879-1963), the chair of the Committee that wrote the Report known familiarly as the Beveridge Report in 1942, which provided the basis of the Welfare State introduced by the Attlee government after the Second World War. Beveridge wanted to defeat "the five 'giants'": disease, ignorance, squalor [slum housing], idleness [unemployment], and want [poverty].