General English


  • To depart from the design drawing for sake of appearance. See also slang.


  • A confection of butter, sugar and milk which forms a soft sweet pasty mixture, used as a filling for tarts or as a sweet or candy on its own or enrobed in chocolate


  • noun a mistake made in an advertisement


  • noun a small section in a newspaper reserved for very late items of news
  • verb to touch up a photograph by airbrushing or painting in

Origin & History of “fudge”

Fudge the verb, ‘evade’, probably comes from an earlier fadge, which meant ‘fake, deceive’, and hence ‘adjust, fit’, and this in turn probably goes back to a middle English noun fage ‘deceit’ – but where fage came from is not clear. Fudge as the name of a type of toffee, which is first recorded in the late 19th century, may be a different use of the same wordperhaps originally ‘toffee “cooked up” or “bodged up” in an impromptu manner’.