[Ads-l] RES: Youneverknow.

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Mon Dec 2 17:40:31 UTC 2019

Yes, but not the common-or-garden one at

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Poster:       "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Youneverknow.

The literal meaning of "meal ticket" is definitely included in the OED.

Fred Shapiro

On Sun, Dec 1, 2019 at 5:56 AM David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:

> Odd. I poked around and some dictionaries give the literal meaning of 
> mea=
> ticket along with the nonliteral meanings (dictionary.com and 
> Macmillan), and some don't (Oxford and Merriam-Webster). If anyone is 
> interested: Her=
> in Brazil, virtually every employer gives virtually every employee a 
> meal ticket to use to pay for lunch. These days, the meal tickets are 
> mostly pre-paid debit cards provided by various companies, the 
> worldwide food-service company Sodexo being one. The tickets are known 
> by various names, the most common being "vale alimenta=E7=E3o" - food 
> voucher - and "ticket refei=E7=E3o" - literally, meal ticket. 
> Restaurants in commercial areas a=
re all
> packed at lunchtime with folks using their meal tickets, which is good 
> fo=
> everybody.

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