Interested in Language
I was reading an article about Halloween traditions and I read these sentences where a I came across the verb To hollow out:
A jack-o-lantern is a hollowed out pumpkin with a candle burning
inside it.How did the pumpkin become associated with Halloween?
The tradition of hollowing out large turnips and placing lights inside
began with the Irish.
Now my question is this: is To empty out used with the same meaning? If it isn't what's the difference between them?
Can't we associate "empty" with a pumpkin?
I would tend to think of containers as being "empty" or "full." My bottle of whiskey is now empty. Luckily, I have a full blender of margaritas.
A pumpkin or gourd is what it is. It is not a container until it has been hollowed out. You could use a hollowed-out gourd as a container. Then it could be empty or full.